Boney says he understands that argument and even agrees with it. Still, his primary concern is the community's "indigenous people," the current Fourth Ward residents, who, like previous generations, have been so marginalized that the common perception is that they cannot save themselves.
The councilman seems intent on disproving that image.
"I don't see any way around it," Boney says. "Everyone who has tried to ignore the political realities and go into the Fourth Ward, take it over and change it has failed. So it seems to me fruitless to even try it that way because it's not going to happen.
"I think it would be just smart business sense to realize that. Otherwise, it's just going to be a fight.