How Business Is Linking Hands In The Inner Cities

Banks and inner cities have had a history of troubled relations, and Huntington Bancshares Inc., based in Columbus, Ohio, was no exception. Under pressure to increase its minority loans, Huntington tried advertising to poor neighborhoods. But the campaign, says Donald Walters, senior vice-president for community services, "wasn't working." Local blacks such as Phillip Douglas say the bank was insensitive to their needs. Walters, on the other hand, says the communities "didn't trust" his bank or any other institution.

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