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Businessman and entrepreneur Marcus Samuelsson, who recently purchased a building in his hometown of Durham, N.C., has been the target of several rounds of criticism for his role in the local economy.
While Samuelsson said he is a business owner, he has also taken on some tough issues, including housing and environmental issues.
The New York Times called him “a man who is obsessed with the city and its problems.”
The Times also wrote that he was “not an urbanist,” and that his views are “more aligned with those of Donald Trump than the views of any other American leader.”
Samuelsson has repeatedly come under fire over his role, which has included promoting an outdoor market on his own property, promoting a series of events that were not well-received by residents, and promoting his “business school.”
The mayor of the city he lives in has also been a vocal critic.
The Times noted that while Samuelsson had been a member of the Durham Chamber of Commerce for about two years, he left the association in June after he said he was not happy with the “culture” of the business association.
“There are many things we need to do better, and I am going to do them,” Samuelsson told the Times.
He also said that the Duramontas “need to focus on making sure we do not make people think they are in Durham.”
Durham Mayor John McElwee said in a statement that Samuelsson’s decision to sell the building was “troubling” and that the mayor has taken steps to help “restore a sense of community.”
“It is my understanding that the owner of the building has no intention of continuing in business,” McElwes said.
“He will be a good asset to our city, as will the Durama Center for the Arts and the New Cumberland Hotel.
I hope that he will continue to contribute to the local community.”
McElwelles added that he believes that the building “will be of great value to our community,” adding that he has worked with the Durban Chamber of Business and the city’s housing authority to get the building built.