He was a massive net benefactor to the city
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posted by 1978Irish
but he wasn't an unmixed figure. He bought lots of land around land he wanted to control and let it lie fallow, driving down prices but also contributing to urban blight.
In his mind, this was justified in the name of the greater good he was trying to achieve, and he had some kind of argument. But definitely some little guys got crushed along the way.
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