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The Philanthropy of George Soros: Building Open Societies by George Soros, Chuck Sudetic

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CHAPTER 9
The Baltimore Experiment
In 1998, George Soros, Aryeh Neier, and the Open Society Foundations’ U.S. Programs chose the city of Baltimore to be the subject of an unprecedented, albeit unscientific, social experiment. Soros and Neier wanted to see whether a concentrated, coordinated, collaborative philanthropic effort of sufficient magnitude in one city would act as a catalyst for systemic reforms that would produce significant and lasting societal improvements. They selected Baltimore because it is a city plagued by the entire array of societal ills that afflict so many of the country’s urban areas: drug addiction, racial prejudice, crime and violence, unemployment, dysfunctional and fatherless families, high rates of incarceration, ...

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