Passions flare as supporters rally to save historic Jordan Park housing


ST. PETERSBURG — The grandson of the man who donated land for the city’s first public housing project may have disrupted the St. Petersburg Housing Authority’s plans to demolish the last original structures of the historic African-American community.

The Rev. Basha Jordan, grandson of St. Petersburg’s pioneer African-American businessman Elder Jordan Sr., dominated a chaotic, standing-room-only meeting Thursday where many who attended spoke passionately on behalf the historic community.

Apparently anticipating an emotionally-charged session, Housing Authority CEO Tony Love had requested security from St. Petersburg Police.

Speakers launched a two-pronged attack. Former residents complained about the deplorable conditions under which they have been living since being forced…

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