Arriving at the Plantation

How the design, architecture, and location of financial institutions reflect and maintain colonization

In 2005, I was finishing my masters in health care administration at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Most of my friends in the program were going into hospital administration—it’s what our degree was focused on, and there’s big money to make in running hospitals. I had interviewed at a few of them, like the Mayo Clinic, but I just didn’t feel right about it. All they really wanted to know was if I could figure out how to save them money: healing and helping people was not the first order of business at all. I interviewed at the consulting firm Deloitte too. None of these jobs felt like ...

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