Friday, August 16, 2013

On Building a Transitional Village

Today we received a key to one acre of city-owned land.  It was the ground breaking ceremony for Opportunity Village – a moving and surreal event.  A ribbon was cut, speeches were given, and housing materials were hauled in from our shop.  I’ve never put so much energy into a single project before, and it feels good to follow through on something and see it unfold.  This village has been nurtured for over a year now, but today it became clear it was ready to bloom.  It’s an idea whose time has come. 

We are at the end of a long road of planning and lobbying, and now venturing down a new one – the building of a transitional village.  I plan to document this journey here, to serve as a pragmatic model for addressing a multifaceted issue.  A community based model that honors social capital as the primary economic engine of change.

Here is a local newspaper article on the day: "It takes a start-up"

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