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When a Steady Paycheck Is Good Medicine for Communities

Oct 10, 2019 - The New York Times

American medical providers that collectively spend $50 billion per year are channeling work to local businesses and residents.

LOS ANGELES — Growing up in the Baldwin Village section of Los Angeles, Charles Slay roamed the streets as a member of the Bloods. The neighborhood was forlorn and devoid of commercial life, making it easy ground for ambush — especially a ragged patch of dirt alongside a major thoroughfare.

“I used to rob people there,” he says.

But three years ...