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Re: “City worker berated after Hillside park funding pulled

Why the sympathetic tone for the Parks Department now?

When the Hillside Community wants to hold their public servants accountable (people that are paid 5 times the average household income in Hillside), suddenly the language has shifted.

The "city worker" is "berated" rather than held accountable.

The neighbors and allies are now "activists".

The neighbors are "angry" and "upset".

They are characterized as "raising their voices".

The residents are blamed for not being aware of city planning processes.

When the onus shifts away from holding our public servants accountable to our marginalized neighborhoods, this is how power is hoarded and the status quo maintained.

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Posted by licanray on 08/16/2018 at 12:35 PM

Re: “City rejects community vision for Leon Young Pavilion in Hillside neighborhood

"Larson says Parks was happy to demolish the pavilion, but they just werent comfortable with then reinvesting a significant amount of money when you dont know how things might change in that corridor overall.

Can we title this article, "Waiting for Gentrification"?

Revitalizing this space would stem the tide of gentrification sweeping this downtown-adjacent and highly desirable neighborhood. Revitalizing this park could potentially deepen the existing residents' connection to their place making it more difficult for them to leave despite closing schools, rapidly rising housing costs and flipping properties.

Does the city see the connection between this park and the homeless? Rising housing costs, apathy and intentional disinvestment displaces families and residents which directly contribute to housing instability and often times, homelessness. This park is a homelessness prevention strategy. But let's wait for bike trails and envision a Shooks run that doesn't include Hillside neighbors.

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Posted by licanray on 07/19/2018 at 3:03 PM

Re: “Preserving our local black history

Thank you for this important piece and thank you to Ms. Candice for your labor of love. The story of our marginalized ancestors is not well told or known in Colorado Springs. We are not widely captured in the murals, street names and/or parks/monuments. How does the story live on? What can we do to cultivate a more accurate and inclusive history of all of our ancestors and their contributions to our community? This should not fall solely on the shoulders of this one resourceful woman, what can we do as a community to preserve our collective history?

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Posted by licanray on 02/21/2018 at 3:16 PM

Re: “Promise Lee on what's next for Hillside community

Thank you for this piece.

It really has me thinking. What are the lessons learned from the closure of South that we can act on now with the closure of Hunt? Is it possible to ameliorate the hurt, displacement and overall value statement that closing a community school creates?

I like the strategies around community organizing that Lee shares.

How can we strengthen some of the existing infrastructure that has already been established? What is the state of the newsletter? Is this something to resurrect? Who are the former and current block captains? How can we retain the existing captains and recruit new captains?

What will it take? Who can help?

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Posted by licanray on 02/01/2017 at 2:35 PM

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