Rebuilding Black neighborhoods one house at a time is something that has been discussed for years, since the great Urban Removals of the ‘60s and ‘70s, with some success and some failures.
Which will young contractor Scott Tunstalle be?
“How big? I don’t know, but I want to continually grow,” Tunstalle said about his construction company Power 59, which was featured in a front-page story in the New Pittsburgh Courier’s June 21 edition. The story was entitled, “Rebuilding the North Side, Hill District with local Black talent.”
“I’d like to get to the point where I can start a program to teach residential work. It’s not like building from the ground up; you’ve got walls that don’t meet at right angles, uneven floors—we have to show these kids all that. But for that, I’ll have to grow to where I have enough guys that can supervise my other jobs.”
The bottom line is that he must grow as a Black business in order to help the Black community grow through employment training, which leads to spending.
Most of these businesses go out of business because of the lack of advertising, marketing and lack of Black people making it a point to support Black businesses, yet complaining about the White man not caring about them.
Well, why should he?