Sunday, June 17, 2012

Introducing Opportunity Village

Lately I have been applying the comprehensive research found on this page to a local project in my current city of Eugene, Oregon.  The project has evolved out of the Occupy camp that drew significant attention to the city's unhoused population.  After the camp was shut down the city formed a task force to find "new and innovative" ways to deal with the issue.  Since then a team has been meeting regularly to develop a vision for what we are calling Opportunity Village.  The project aims to learn from the best practices of various organized tent cities in order to create the most progressive model in the country.

1 comment:

  1. I live in eugene, am a private security professional and, although I began as a volunteer, am now a paid employee of the Egan Warming Center.

    I've seen the above map before and, although I'm not knowledgable enough about planning/designing such a thing in general, having multiple security points (marked in blue, if I remember correctly) stuck out to me as, well...not very secure.

    I don't know what sort of security issues the organizing body of the village may be anticipating, but I can foresee anything other than a single point entry/exit causing problems.
    Just though I'd offer some constructive criticism. :-)