In our analysis, Ferguson Missouri is more of a critical historical teachable moment for African-Americans than Hurricane Katrina in terms of risk assessment and emergency preparedness. While Hurricane Katrina woke African-Americans up to the importance having emergency preparedness and a plan to deal with unforeseen events, Ferguson woke up many African-Americans to the eye-opening embarrassment that we African-Americans may have black neighborhoods, but we do not have a black communities with a foundation to ensure quality of life and prosperity. It is time for African-Americans to realize right now the biggest hidden threat to our people security is not structured racism but our own apathy. First thing first - the local population of Ferguson need to recall the mayor and city council and dissolve the local police department. In regards to the police department, sell all those military vehicles and all that tactical gear shit those police got too – better yet, burn that shit in a bonfire. Once the local population seize control of their city, then it time to take over and establish both a media platform and economic engine to empower the local population to be both informed and getting income locally. That means the city has to take a new fresh start and redesigned, so run out all the bloodsucking businesses by any means necessary. Then the local population own their city and establish a new economic infrastructure designed to sustain the city of Ferguson and make it a place where people can enjoy a quality of life and a real community. But let’s be honest – those shiftless ass black folks in Ferguson ain’t going to do shit but stay shiftless ass black folks. Do you see anybody trying to recall the mayor in Ferguson right now? What are the local black population waiting around for to do the recall? I mean, the city already brought out tanks, rubber bullets and put guns all up in their faces and shot some kids up – what is the local population in Ferguson still sitting on their ass for? These Ferguson black folks don’t think their Ferguson mayor was consulted beforehand on how the police force will engage the black population? Who pay taxes just to fund a police department to shoot their kids up? Black people in Ferguson Missouri fund a police department to shoot their kids up. This is a town of 20,000 – that means the police should have known Michael Brown by name if they were true community policing cops. So let’s be honest – we are just imagining what Ferguson can do but the reality is, those shiftless ass black people over in Ferguson ain’t going to do shit but walk around holding their hands up saying don’t shoot and sell the “hands up don’t shoot” slogan on t-shirts for $7.99 so let’s pretend what can be done as a teachable moment for our people. Geo-Intelligence Analysis of Ferguson The upcoming Hustle Space has a component called Hood Space where my crew spent the past two years performing geo-intelligence on urban communities to compare data and find business models and urban solutions for these communities based on global research we gathered from cities around the world. So we are going to use our experience to show I think what is so obvious about Ferguson it is embarrassing. If you look at Ferguson on the map above, what do you notice? You should notice that the city of Ferguson is next to an airport, an international airport. Second, you should notice the city of Ferguson is next to the Mississippi River which is a major water transport that goes to the port in New Orleans. But there is one more and you have to look around but St. Louis is a major railroad transportation hub and you should see train tracks and a huge train depot nearby. And last, you see two major interstates right above Ferguson and right below Ferguson. And this is a city that is fucking 68% black and these shiftless ass local black folks sitting on economic infrastructure like this but they just focused on being the victim of racism. By the way, it is obvious Ferguson is obviously a major drug hub so let’s not entertain this angle as it is not relevant. I want you to notice this road because this is very important most likely, other black suburbs and small towns are setup like this. Do you see what appear to be a 6-lane road where two of the roads are there for parking cars? Now, this is a common sight we see all over in suburban areas and that is some strip with about 4 lanes and small strip mall stores on the side with plenty of space for cars to park. No offense but this is the dumbest crap I ever seen and this is how people end up spending all their money on gas and cars and time driving around and not working out because they are in their cars driving around. And in this setup, anybody who is riding a bike or walking look like they are poor or suspicious as this strip mall setup promote the use of gas guzzling cars and poor active lifestyle. In order for African-Americans to have genuine progress, we must look for successful patterns and practices worldwide and apply these solutions to our situation. We can no longer as African-American sit around talking about black identity, black history and kwanza and the white man and white racism in a 21st century global economy. In the 21st century, African-Americans need to focus only on winning so we can do for self, our people and have a future setup for prosperity for our future generation. So we have to look for solutions and the solution to transforming a shithole like Ferguson is to apply modern urbanism techniques and that is by incorporating elements of a modern garden city. Garden City Concept A garden city is an urban concept that harmonize an urban environment with green spaces and active activities. The concept was proposed by Ebenezer Howard and you can research his concept on “social cities” at the following http://urbanplanning.library.cornell.edu/DOCS/howard. In the image above, you are looking at a drawing from Jacque Fresco the leading modern thought leader on future urbanism who help refine the garden city concept. Notice how Brasilla in Brazil made an expansive green space the center of the city with mid-density buildings off to the side. This model provides concentrated local economics where people do not have to travel far to shop and use local resources. The model also allow people to take their bike to work or go bike on the weekend or go jogging on the weekend. If you want to go shopping, take a walk or roller blade. Now let’s take it a step further, can you hold outdoor events like a concert festival or a farmer markets or even a night market for the local community? Do you see all of the economic opportunity here for both micro-entrepreneurs and startups and mid-size businesses and industries? Also, do you notice something else? That means people can go out and mingle with each other and people see someone they think is cute and they get together and fall in love. This is a beautiful natural community and use of green space for people to live happy active healthy lives without spending a lot of money or driving everywhere. Look at the video of the garden city concept going on in Dubai. In fact, this garden city is the new mid-city model being done all over the world and China is on the forefront with impressive implementations. And also you want to know a garden city secret my African-American friend? This is also the model being built up in Africa right now and this model is going to attract so many from the African Diaspora to repatriate back to Africa, including African-Americans because this garden city model offer all the best of a city and a natural quality surrounding to relax. Here is another point of why we African-Americans cannot ignore garden cities – we don’t need cops. When did the black community ever had cops that were worth anything anyway? In a garden city concept, almost everybody know everybody and people know strangers and pay attention to strangers and activities which humans do naturally. You can get rid of cops and use a private security force and just have the county sheriff take care of arrests and warrant which is who actually does these things – what the fuck does local police do anyway beside ticket vehicles and shoot black men – you can setup red light cameras and have cameras in public areas to monitor for safety. So in terms of self-governance, when you have people out and about and living an active lifestyle and economic opportunities for the local community, crime actually go down significantly. So How We Can Transform Ferguson Into a Garden City? The problem with mid-cities in America like Ferguson is they are controlled by scared white people who use the city resources and revenue funds to pretty much negatively target the growing black/Hispanic population instead of buildup infrastructure to accommodate a thriving city future. So these scared white people hire cops and the cops like to play soldier and get tactical gear and they bragging to other cops in other mid-cities how they shot a black person on social networks and word of mouth and those cops get off on that. So you don’t see progress because it basically boils down to scared whites trying to stay in power at any cost and a weak black/Hispanic population too unsophisticated to take over a city they are a majority in. We can talk about plenty of California and Texas towns with majority Hispanic population with the same setup. That is why the first step is to recall the mayor and city council and take over the politics and get rid of the city police force through dissolution and use that money to re-invest in development. Then the second thing is have serious experts on establishing a garden city concept to move the city to being a place accommodating a quality of life for the kids, adults and seniors. And that is going to involve serious changes and it may be the case that someone from China has to come in or someone from Dubai has to come in and architect the garden city. Then you issue bonds and who will buy those bonds? China and Dubai new money wealthy will buy it, fuck asking these bigots in America who hate anything we brothas and sistas try to do anyway. Build statues of Chinese and Arab rich moguls and name libraries and hospitals after them if they putting up the dough. The key components that Ferguson can do to transform is the following elements. Transform the Strip. I would leave the four lane road that goes through the middle but I would wipe out all those parking lots in front of the commercial buildings on that strip and lay down a walking/biking path lined with trees and nature and benches. I would tear down those shitty stores and build up mid-density housing/commercial buildings on top of them. People can park their cars and then walk the block or bike the block and browse stores and walk home. Black people definitely need to get that active lifestyle anyway and the concentration of mid-density commercial will blow up the economic revenue. Consolidate in Cluster Grids. Just like a game of Sim City 2000, you consolidate the schools, the hospital and city services in their own clusters. You create economic clusters and industries next to each other to attract investments and innovations and quality residents who can pay the tax coffers. This will transform the city into having the best services and become more international as a place of innovation. Setup the Transport Lines. St. Louis was designed to be the center of American trading during the Industrial Age and has all of the airport, waterway and trains so you can build all kind of micro-manufacturing companies that can import/export out of the city, including high-tech design. And guess what you have sitting around a city with two major highways, train hub and water hub? You guess damn right – you have a lot of damn shipping containers that can be transformed into pop-up shopping malls and converted to pop-up kiosks and cats can take over that industry and ship them out all over. Moving Forward The African-American community need to wake up right now in light of Ferguson and realize how we need to take back our own communities from racist cops and city officials who more focus on keeping black people down than lifting the city up. And African-Americans must accept responsibility that our apathy and not working collectively for group politics and not doing group economics has cause harm to our communities and our people and we must look at how we cannot let our children live through the same mistakes our current generation experienced. We must have empowered communities and we have a right to a quality of life. Ferguson is on the spot right now to do the recall but from what we seen so far, the black people in Ferguson ain’t doing shit but marching around with their hands up talking about arrest the cop when these shiftless ass black people paid that cop to go around shooting black kids through their taxes and their own apathy. I was told to always follow the money when I watched the Wire on HBO and Amazon Prime and if you follow the money, it was the dumbass black people in Ferguson who paid to have a racist police force that is their enemy. Who pays for their enemy to gather military weapons and kill their kids – oh, black people in Ferguson, that’s who. So you cats over in Ferguson better get off your ass and do that recall or face further repercussions from the African-American community at large. As far as I’m concerned, the black community in Ferguson killed a young black man from our younger generation through their apathy and allowing a system to manifest unchecked that ultimately put Michael Brown in the position to be shot. So you local Ferguson population should not get too mad at the cop who did the shooting and talking about arresting him when you black people was signing the cop paycheck with your tax dollars. If the local Ferguson population want to really honor Michael Brown, then they know the right thing to do is launch the recall right now and build an environment and a city for our young generation to live in urban prosperity and a quality and life that Michael Brown did not get to experience.