What I didn't know would happen when I bought the laundries is how much I would learn about my city. The people I would meet and get to know via having a reason to hang out in a place a lot of lower-income also hung out. I knew that I would make friends there and expected that part to be fun and rewarding, and it certainly has.
That, my friends, is one important way a city gets different. Invest in one. Then they invest in others, learning that productivity beats idleness or victimhood , every time.
Let's see this kind of move replicated all over the place.