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Ex-basketball star Kevin Johnson is back holding court in his hometown
Ex-basketball star Kevin Johnson is back holding court in his hometown

"Kevin, Kevin, come see us!" yelled a man pushing a stroller. "Yo, K.J., stop by the community garden!" urged a friend from the old neighborhood. Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson beamed as he walked through the heart of Oak Park, a long-struggling community now in the middle of a renaissance, thanks in large part to him. Once home to gangsters, addicts and the local Black Panthers, it now has new condos, cafes, a bookstore and an art gallery. A brew pub is being built; a historic theater has been restored. "This work is what makes me proudest," said Johnson, 48, scanning the neighborhood to point at the highlights. It was in Oak Park that Johnson had his...

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