Monday, April 16, 2012

Live Blogging the Community Conversation

Stock Photo by Muriel Miralles de Sawicki
I'm unexpectedly available to attend the Detroit Works Project community conversation. Follow me on Twitter as @fnemecek as I live blog the event.

Update: April 18 @ 8:45 p.m.
I'm really glad that I was able to attend the Community Conversation about Detroit's long term future the other evening. I look forward to the next one in early May.

The battery on my cell phone ran out of juice before the conversation ended so I wasn't able to tweet about every aspect of it. Regardless, I wanted share my posts for those who don't follow me on Twitter.

@6:02 p.m. Another community conversation regarding the Detroit Works Project is about to begin. Already bumped into several people that I know.
@6:08 p.m. I love the opening video that they are showing at this. I hope they make it available elsewhere.
@6:20 p.m. The next video oversimplifies a lot of issues. It talks about Detroit's population loss, but brushes over WHY people leave.
@6:25 p.m Contrary to what the next speaker is saying, I rarely hear people complain about people who have left Detroit.
@6:28 p.m. Umm... The City of Detroit is NOT very good at dealing with short-term issues. (N.B., one of the speakers at this event claimed that the Bing Administration was good at dealing with short-term issues like getting street lights on, police services, etc. My fellow residents know how well those things work.)
@6:34 p.m. People who say that this has never happened before simply don't know much about history.
@6:38 p.m. For everyone who is talking about how jobs are created in Detroit, I have one suggestion: read Jane Jacobs.
@6:42 p.m. I couldn't agree more w/ the notion that the Detroit Works Project must live beyond City Hall.
@6:59 p.m. I like the idea of adapting our zoning laws to reflect what is really happening in the area.
It was a couple of minutes later that my cell phone finally died. Again, I look forward to the next Community Conversation.

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