Anisha Gade and Sue Mark chronicle their work in the Golden Gate neighborhood of Oakland, focused on “uncovering and understanding the detailed histories and intricate social webs that have evolved over decades.” They argue:
Without a strong working knowledge of the social fabric embedded in a particular place it is nearly impossible to create new public spaces, events or programs that involve local residents. Instead, well-intentioned initiatives end up alienating community members, or fostering feelings of invasion or prompting fears of displacement.
They see their project as an opportunity to reveal that underlying social fabric, allowing for an urban renewal that is just that – renewal rather than a reconstruction.
Read more at Next City here.
Contributor: Benjamin Peterson, Pepperdine School of Public Policy Alumnus, MPP ’16.