A quick strip of Ellis Avenue in west Jackson houses a lot more than a dozen organizations that provide short-term loans or check-cashing services. Jackson Ward 4 City Councilman DeвЂ™Keither Stamps proposes a halt regarding the expansion of those businesses, that he believes suck money out from the regional economy and keep people in cycles of poverty. Photo by Imani Khayyam.
The signs towering above Jackson’s payday-loan shops and check-cashing joints seem designed to entice motorists in the city’s major thoroughfares like a sadder version of Las Vegas. In some instances, the firms’ color schemes mimic those of inexpensive fast-food restaurants. And, ironically, many of the businesses happen to run out of repurposed fast-food restaurants.
The indications make statements that often are alliterative ( ag e.g. “Quick Cash”), rhyme ( e.g. “Quick Cash”), or directly also to the purpose ( e.g. “Check Cashing” and “Payday Loans”).