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Back when he was a prince of private equity, Peter Brodsky worked in the most opulent offices inside Dallas’s most opulent business address—the Crescent. European art lined the cherrywood-paneled walls above marble floors. Now the 52-year-old sits at a conference table in a bland office inside what was once declared a dead shopping mall. There’s a coffee machine and a mini fridge and not much else. On the walls hang an artist’s renderings of what the mall might look like one day, if Brodsky successfully redevelops it. Only about ten miles separate the old Red Bird Mall from the Crescent, but they sit on opposite ends of the long-entrenched divides along racial and economic lines that exist in many cities, including Dallas. One side is…
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