Putting the Neighbor Back in the Hood: The Good and the Bad of a Changing Neighborhood

Usually in the United States, when an urban neighborhood experiences real business development and growth it usually means the displacement of the poorer families who lived in it before this investment or gentrification. These videos show different people’s views on what normally happens:

“Community is only relevant because of people” — Kai, There’s No Place Like Home

“Gentrification is not the same as Revitalization”–Stacey Sutton, “What What Don’t Understand about Gentrification” TEDX

Lord Jamar and Sadat X on Gentrification in NYC , “Where there is more money there is more care for the people.”

But is this what has to happen? The group Purpose Built Communities is trying a different approach using community health, mixed development and a holistic approach to education that focuses on pre-k to early college to revitalize whole communities.

We can do something like this in Baltimore. Watch: East Lake, Atlanta

Join us Saturday, February 21 at the Terra Café in a discussion about community development and putting the neighbor back in the hood.

#cohousebaltimore #GMGPSHOW #ShameekaDream2015 #beautifullbaltimore #PuttingtheNeighborBackintheHood #Terracafebaltimore

–Love Love

We Can Be Neighbors, Cohouse With Us

What is cohousing you ask? The Cohousing Association of the United States define it as “a type of intentional, collaborative housing in which residents actively participate in the design and operation of their neighborhoods.” It’s not giving up privacy. It’s private houses with shared open spaces, courtyards and common facilities.

Pedestrian Street, Lancaster Cohousing; Found on reshaped.uk.com

Pedestrian Street, Lancaster Cohousing; Found on reshaped.uk.com

Why do we have to make it work on our own. I agree with Talib Kweli when he said “Get yours first, them other niggaz secondary. That type of illin’ that be fillin’ up the cemetery”. Why do we insist on trying to do this on our own? I want to return to a style of life that embodies the African proverb of it takes a village.

I want to live with and near friends. I want my home, my neighborhood to be a refuge. I want to share in the experience of parenting with like minded parents. I want to walk outside and be in a beautiful place. I want to develop my community.

People all over the world are doing just that. They’re harnesting the power of collaborative planning to develop their own communities in partnership. Examples of this can be found in small communities in Portland, Oregon and Vancouver and Colorado and Lancaster, etc.

If we work together we can create the community we desire. Join us on Saturday, Feb 21 from 1 to 3 pm at Terra Café to discuss community building through development. Let’s discuss Putting the Neighbor Back in the Hood:

  1. What’s an ideal community?
  2. How do you buy property as a collective?
  3. What do you need to turn around a community successfully?
  4. What are attributes of an ideal community?
  5. What do you contribute to your current community?
  6. What do you need in a community?
  7. What do you know about community development?

#cohousebaltimore #GMGPSHOW #ShameekaDream2015 #beautifullbaltimore #PuttingtheNeighborBackintheHood #Terracafebaltimore

–Love Love

Urban Cohousing in Portland; Found on capitolhillseattle.com

Urban Cohousing in Portland; Found on capitolhillseattle.com

Read more about cohousing:

The basics

In London

vancouver's low-income housing made of recycled shipping containers; http://www.designboom.com/architecture/vancouvers-low-income-housing-made-of-recycled-shipping-containers/

Vancouver’s low-income housing made of recycled shipping containers; http://www.designboom.com/architecture/vancouvers-low-income-housing-made-of-recycled-shipping-containers