Headed down to the CAC this morning for Cincinnati’s edition of Creative Mornings. This month’s theme is Urbanism (reflected in the image above). Thomas Dutton, from Miami University, came in to discuss his community involvement work in OTR through the DesignBuild Studio. As I continue to learn more about development in OTR I find myself enjoying hearing all of the different perspectives around the controversial topic of gentrification.
The main take away I had was that if you want to development an area/group of people/society, you better include the people who live in that area in the discussion. More eloquently stated through a quote Thomas shared:
“It is one thing to implement an [urban development] campaign in a society in which the subordinate classes begin to take their history into their own hands, with enthusiasm, with hope, and another to put into practice [urban development] campaigns in societies in which the subordinate classes find themselves removed from the possibility of exercising a greater participation in the transformation of their society.” -Paulo Freire, The Pedagogy of the City
Having spent a couple years of my life working in Africa and NGOs I can attest to the importance of avoiding doing what you think is right and what is actually right.