Do it in some other week. Not two weeks before US Open, making all the top 250 players go there and play qualies for not even any money.
Flip one of the two challengers Forest Hills conducetd with Bronx.
It is not like Bronx is the only dire place in the US. Bring it to Compton or East LA or Inner-city Detroit or anywhere.
Time USTA listened to the players' concerns also - rather than all the feelgood newspaper stories on their effort to "take it to the people". Why not conduct some 5 different futures in the innercities with the same $50K, if that is the intention?
In any case, you don't do these things in an international event. They can place the domestic circuit events anywhere (whch they don't by the way -- that they take to places like Kalamazoo, MI, Ojai, CA, and all kinds of nice country clubs) .. Then they do this with an ATP challenger!
There are dire places around the world, and none of those countries' federations do this kind of stuff to international players, and make use of them to "spread tennis to the people", even if they had a cpative market of players like USTA gets due to the US Open .. The Frech, Australian or UK federation doesn't do this crap. USTA shouldn't, either. It is totally in bad taste.