As the purpose of this project is to change people’s minds I am constantly evaluating what evidence will convince someone to change their mind. As someone who works with cold hard data I am easily convinced by it, but I recognize that not everyone sees the world this way. Here I’ll share two descriptions of white flight from Michelle Obama’s Becoming. The first uses data:
That evidence shows dramatic change in the racial diversity of a neighbor. But consider these two class photos as another piece of evidence:
This project would turn a parking garage into housing while preserving the facade. Housing is a much better use of space in dense walkable neighborhoods like Old Town than parking. The new residents will patron the local shops and restaurants. In a post pandemic world our local spots are going to need all the support they can get.
As I read through The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein I’m going to capture tidbits that I find compelling. From the last paragraph of Chapter 1 page 37:
We can only wonder what our urban areas would look like today if, instead of creating segregation where it never, or perhaps barely, existed, federal and local government had pushed in the opposite direction, using public housing as an example of how integrated living could be successful.