Last week I got the opportunity to participate in the Naked Development Forum hosted by Serenbe and Kalu Yala. The entire day was focused on exploring the different ways to answer the question: How does one build community? I attended a session led by Ed Everett (who is the city manager responsible for the awesomeness […]
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I had lunch last week with a friend from high school. He also works for state government, in a building a block from my building. We decided to meet on the corner and walk to a nearby deli. On the way to the deli, we were approached no less than 3 times by homeless men […]
World AIDS Day was yesterday and over the course of the day, I thought about how HIV/AIDS have affected my life. It wasn’t until today that I actually got a chance to get anything on paper. When I was in middle school my uncle, who lived with my family, started to go blind. It started […]
Social Media. Does your organization need it? Do you have customers, clients, or citizens or other audiences with which you want to communicate? Do you wish your message could reach a wider audience? Do you sometimes need to get information disseminated quickly? Are you looking to engage and enable your base? Do you want […]
A new job has brought me to Atlanta, and I’m in the process of looking for a new home. In Atlanta, sprawling metropolis that it is, where you live largely determines what you do. It’s fun to be young and professional in a city, but it is only fun if you live in the right […]
I want everything I own, sit on, drive in, drive on, drive through, play with, touch – use in any way-to be well and thoughtfully designed. That doesn’t mean I need 18k gold chairs. It means that I want the things I buy and use to be purposeful and pretty.
Flint, Michigan is one example of, probably, hundreds of cities that are dying; high unemployment, the foreclosure crisis, and young people and families moving out of town have left whole neighborhoods is decline. Last year I drove through neighborhoods in Detroit and observed that on many streets, for every occupied home there were three or four that were vacant and boarded up.
I was saddened by the sight, especially as I’d always thought of Detriot as the quintessential city. As I drove out of town, I started to brainstorm ways that depressed communities, like Flint, Detroit, and many others around the country, can regenerate themselves.