Urban Renaissance: Here Comes the Neighborhood

Richmond McCoy had come a long way since the days when he marched door to door with his landlord father to collect, or not collect, rent checks in Harlem. His McCoy Realty Group had become the largest real estate management firm controlled by an African American, and his Park Avenue headquarters in Manhattan catered to Wall Street bigs, but that was not enough for McCoy. Spurred by Sterling Green, an apostle of the United House of Prayer in Washington, McCoy, 45, began helping churches develop property in poor neighborhoods. "I felt God was nudging me in a different direction," he recalls.

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