Murshaun Young sits on the steps of a house he wants to buy, but can’t, on a corner that erupted after Freddie Gray’s funeral. (Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post)

The Dec. 9 front-page article “ ‘Ain’t nothing changed out here’ ” reminded us that even when recovery from a riot is almost complete, there is much work to do.

The article indicated the frustrations within low-income neighborhoods in Baltimore. As a community activist who volunteered in those areas, I’m dumbfounded that the new resources have been misdirected, and after a year it seems as if none of the programs needed to increase job security has been implemented.

The circumstances in Baltimore and other urban areas are the result of more than 25 years’ worth of failed policies that entrap in poverty the very people they are supposed to lift up. For example, marijuana becomes legal or decriminalized, but a job applicant is disqualified for failing a drug test. And, education should include job training and communications courses. 

Economic development must combine job training and education for success.

Greg Raleigh, Washington