I wanted to pass on a link to some great commentary and insights by Rhonda Kronyk, concerning the myriad changes & recent downtown development here in YEG … and what it means for local people and the agencies who serve them.
We are at a complicated juncture in this city’s short history – and we have choices to make on an ongoing basis about what kind of city we want, and want to live in. There’s some great food for thought here; let’s remember that this city is home to all of us – 365 days a year.
That means diversity is the rule, not the exception …
After all the busy-ness of the last few months, working on York:Moments, it has been a welcome thing to have a wee bit of time to reflect on the work that went into the project, and what it meant to bring the work back to the community.
What a gift that experience has been.
In the aftermath of our portion of the project, I’ve also had some fantastic conversations with people … two of which led me back to this post, which I wrote back in 2013 while Marian and I were working on the original YORK material.
I feel like it sums up a good deal about York:Moments as well … the way that work opened up some space to talk about the tension between ‘public’ and ‘private’ configurations of space, who has the power to determine the future of both public & private spaces, how sanctuaries of various types are crucial for the health and sustainability of neighbourhoods. How safe spaces can hold memories, how they can contribute to story-making, and the preservation of histories of all sorts.