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Jon commented on an idea - Baitk Althany – an Arabic saying of “home from home”

Thanks so much for your kind words !
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Brannon commented on an idea - Built With Humanity: Solutions for Gentrification in Austin, Texas

Thank You Joy.

I definitely agree with the fact that gentrification has many elements, not just racial discrimination. The basic free market forces that cause gentrification and its subsequent effects such as displacement, homelessness, and affordability cannot be blamed on one particular group. I believe the we have to look broader and understand gentrification as apart of the larger problem of economic segregation. Economic segregation is really and the heart of gentrification and has systemic links to a discriminatory housing policies passed in the 1920s which caused divestment in certain urban communities and the avoidance of investment in many communities that were "redlined" under these policies. Many of these areas were deemed "negro" districts for black and brown people. The systemic effects of this can be seen in cities across the United States. For example, many people view the water crisis in Flint, Michigan as an engineering mistake that polluted the water supply. If you look at the "redlined" maps of the area, Flint was one of the areas traditionally occupied by African Americans and other minorities. Much of the structural segregation lead to divestment which then led to little to no investment in infrastructure. So you have a historically racist and governmentally enforced policy that is still having a disproportionate effect on minority communities. A book was recently released that provides a great explanation. Its called The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein. (https://www.amazon.com/Color-Law-Forgotten-Government-Segregated/dp/1631492853). One of the most overlooked aspect of social justice in the African American and Latinx community was the structural segregation of our cities. There are local policy revisions being attempted, however many people in the area believe it does not do enough to protect poor and minority community members. My personal view is that policies that are protective instead of proactive do very little to overcome the broader issue of economic segregation. The core philosophy behind the fellowship is to empower community members with design education and local businesses to bridge the gap caused by this segregation.
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