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Invitation to Cherokee Street vision association, Tues 6/6

An Invitation To: Cherokee People : Any and all like-minded Artists Businessfolk Visioneers Activists Historianstorytellers Who Care about the Life of the street
Who Have an Invested Interest in making This Place Fun Safe Attractive Home for everyone who believe to do it best we have to do it together
**********@ the Shangri La. 2201 Cherokee([search]) St
*******Tuesday June 6, 7:30pm
****An experiment toward a Cherokee Street vision association

You are invited to bring
Your piece
Your peace

We have each had ideas that caused our projects and businesses to birth
Here on purpose
We have each faced colorful stories of illogical-logistical resistance in the process
In this city
We have inklings of how we could make this place interesting & inclusive
Efficiently
Creatively

By becoming familiar with faces
By telling our stories
By taking notes on shared struggles (& struggle-instigators) and strategizing together
By pooling our resources and building new relationships

We will be effective in developing a unified voice toward designing our neighborhood in innovative
and sustainable ways that protect our distinctive diversity and allow it to flourish in surprisingly
powerful ways.

Time to skip past spliced business districts that prevent unity and the dull red tape that saps time
and energy. Time to unite & take charge, and to have fun doing it. We’re all already here!

Come ready to share a spoken snapshot of your experience, frustration, and/or hopes for the street,
and to brainstorm where we might begin to activate our intention.

This list is compiled from various conversations and suggestions towards interested parties–
feel free to invite anyone with similar priorities of inclusion and sustainability in considering the
question of rehabilitation.

Looking forward!

XO, Lyndsey Scott & the Acknowledge Project

Any questions? email lyndseyscott (at) seehere.info">lyndseyscott (at) seehere.info
 
 

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a revision of a vision

"Artists Businessfolk Visioneers Activists Historian storytellers Who Care about the Life (gentrification([search])) of the street"

Who Have an Invested Interest in making This Place Fun Safe (to whom?) Attractive (whose aesthetics?) Home for everyone who believe to do it best we have to do it together (compromise and negotiation)

An experiment (gentrification isn't an experiment, it's been tried and tested a million times over) toward a Cherokee([search]) Street vision association

You are invited to bring
Your piece (I'm sure no one is actually allowed to bring "their piece")
Your peace (as in the "peace" of a graveyard)

We have each had ideas that caused our projects and businesses to birth (yea capitalism!)
Here on purpose
We have each faced colorful stories of illogical-logistical (sliding more to the illogical side) resistance in the process
In this city
We have inklings of how we could make this place interesting & inclusive (to capital & people from the county)
Efficiently (as any holocaust)
Creatively (holocaust with a smile!)

By becoming familiar with faces (bring your I.D. people, we need to start making files here)
By telling our stories
By taking notes on shared struggles (& struggle-instigators) {like we said, we need to start making files here} and strategizing together
By pooling our resources and building new relationships

We will be effective in developing a unified voice toward designing our neighborhood in innovative
and sustainable ways that protect our distinctive diversity and allow it to flourish in surprisingly
powerful ways.

Time to skip past spliced business districts that prevent unity and the dull red tape that saps time
and energy. Time to unite & take charge, and to have fun doing it. We’re all already here!

Come ready to share a spoken snapshot of your experience, frustration, and/or hopes for the street,
and to brainstorm where we might begin to activate our intention. (I'm afraid to know what your intentions actually are)

This list is compiled from various conversations and suggestions towards interested parties– (very interested parties)
feel free to invite anyone with similar priorities of inclusion and sustainability (of the current order) in considering the
question of rehabilitation.

Looking forward! (progress WORKS people!)

XO, Lyndsey Scott & the Acknowledge Project

Any questions? email lyndseyscott (at) seehere.info
 

Re: Invitation to Cherokee Street vision association, Tues 6/6

Sorry about the repost, but I appreciate this definition of gentification.

Quote the Wiki (emphasis added):

The consumption-side theory, has gained more force as an explanation for gentrification([search]). Supporters of this argument generally view the characteristics of gentrifiers themselves to be of greater importance in the understanding of gentrification. The post-industrial city, as defined in the Dictionary of Human Geography, is one with an “employment profile focused on advanced services…, [with a] profile that is materialized in a downtown skyline of office towers, arts and leisure sites, and political institutions. Its middle-class ambiance may be reflected in a distinctive politics charged with a responsible social ethos…the demand for more amenities, for greater beauty and a better quality of life in the arrangement of our cities” (616). David Ley has been one of the foremost thinkers in purporting this idea of a city that is becoming more and more influenced by the emerging “new middle class.”

Ley defines as a subset of this sector a “cultural new class,” made up of artists, cultural professionals, teachers, and other professionals outside of the private sector (1994, 56).

And, although not particularly dwelt upon in Ley’s articles, these are the FIRST STAGE GENTRIFIERS who prepare the way for the embourgeoisment of the inner city (and, in effect, the more conservative politics) that often follows them—conservative politics which often lead to decreased funding for affordable housing, stricter laws dealing with the homeless and other people affected negatively by their original displacement by the creative class.

This sentiment can also be found in Zukin’s “second-wave” observations in the artist’s lofts in Manhattan, who, when her building went “co-op” in 1979, “bade good-bye to the manufacturers, an artist, and several residents who could not afford the market prices at which our lofts were sold,” residents who were replaced by lawyers and accountants, retailers and investment bankers (1982, x).

This same process can be seen still today, as “artists move into otherwise undesirable buildings, usually make significant improvements to their spaces and their surrounding areas. Everyone benefits from these tenuous and uneasy…arrangements. Then landlords, suddenly aware that they are sitting on gold mines, rush to cash in” (Cash 2001, 39).
 

just what the 'hood needs

just what the 'hood needs...more fucking art
 

Re: Invitation to Cherokee Street vision association, Tues 6/6

Yeah fuck you motherfuckers for putting words in my mouth
Who sit safe behind computers and criticize situations you could be changing if you weren't so afraid to build bridges to people
who aren't LIKE YOU
who maybe don't wear patches like
you
Who wield red spray paint like the blood of posers

who see life from a different angle

what changes things?
antagonism?
2nd rate intellectualism?

Were you at the shangrila that night?
Then SHUT THE FUCK UP

does that feel good?
that anger?

ooooh ...... does it rile it up

it's bullshit
i'm tired of it
i don't feel it
i don't mean it
i am sorry for how pathetic it looks on the page
i don't care if you wear patches and spray paint
OR NOT

I am tired of anger
of dissension
of criticism for conversation sake
of factions thinking faction got it right
foolishness that makes everything drag

i am tired of the time you took to write those posts
when you couldve been talking to ....
* Willy at 3 peaches LLC.... lived his life on this street
* "abdul rokman" in the wheelchair on the corner
* Pop's in and out of chip's barber shop

they'll talk to you about the solutions they see --
have you talked to them?

i have
and
I was inviting Y O U
because YOU
+ YOu = YOU YOU YOU
they + they + they
US US US
are the only ingredients whose PIECE PEACE has the POTENTIAL to shift this experiment toward something AWAY from gentrification([search]). people who have skills and are wise to the pattern can put their foot in the door of corporate steamroll because we can be strategic in when and how
we can build something different but not if
WE
aren't willing to be WE

if you don't like what you see happening
propose something different

Yeah that's what we discussed in part -- I'm not dumb to the formula of gentrification, and am very wary of art not aimed in some way at that question -- I'm interested in the chemistry and wit that is necessary to shift the pattern away from the inevitable. And if you don't think it will be done, it won't be. It will take you and me and all of our energy away from this myth of separation. Fact is the art is already there, the people are already there, the motivation is all ready to make it 'revitalized' ...... it's a critical pivot point -- now is the time for people who care to step up and preserve the diversity in subversive ways if the bulldozer isn't going to raze the rest .
The "art" (whose aesthetic?) of the acknowledge project we made on cherokee([search]) cinco de mayo was whoever was on the street, to the mirror the stereotypes in windows directly back in blown up form -- it was to celebrate that voice to our alderman([search])'s face, to mz wallace's face, to the face of people who aren't recognizing in their 'development' process the folk who ARE there, it was a way for those exact people you criticize me for ignoring to be heard and reflected and most importantly -- get a chance to be next to other people on the street they wouldn't usually meet and speak their piece. I've been across town and strangers come up to me telling me Yeah i know you i painted Oscar the Grouch at the Old Empire...... Those thin-web-thread liasons of creation are the uncanny seeds from which ourevolution will come to pass. Many of the folks who helped and supported were the bored loiterers on Globe's front corner......
singing, /you don't know my naaaaaaammmmme//
bueno
You can take your (attempts at clever naysaying) and file it with all the other negative energy that welcomes the way to all you say you hate

what does hate create?
nothing love can't overtake

on the 2600 block of the street
I did just get my head pounded numerous times into the floor by a wouldbe rapist crawled through my window at pitchblack night
so yes
I DO want this street to feel safer
I have a vested interest in that happening, and fast
Don't be so stupid as to equate crimelessness with bourgeousie
or to romanticize the trash you see
SAFE doesn't mean i want poor people gone
i'm far below the poverty line myself and feeling fine

You don't know me

it isn't money i'm after
nor is it the goal to the people i invited to that place
it was people willing to acknowledge one another in sharing resources (ideas ingenuity skills...no one said moneY) in making this a place that feels good to be in

i'm gone from this town for now
for sanity sake
but i send it my love from far away

ojo: prophecying cherokee will be the new delmar is one sure way to make it that way. your own cynicism is the brick laid

watch your tongue it has the power of life or death

why not log off
take a pitchfork and some peat moss to the square plots

peace

LS
 

Re: Invitation to Cherokee Street vision association, Tues 6/6

Everyone benefits from working together on OUR neighborhood. From the indians who originally lived around there, to the germans who built the brick buildings, to the people from many nations who live, eat, work, play near cherokee([search]) today... there been many hands involved.

Keeping those without voices in the conversation is difficult but necessary for progress without steamrolling

I´d also like to dispel a myth that simply because you have less chance of getting attacked on the street, doesn´t mean your hood was gentrified. Neither does having interesting/informative things to look at.
 

Re: Invitation to Cherokee Street vision association, Tues 6/6

As a resident and business owner on Cherokee([search]) Street I have to question your motives based soley on the fact that no notice was given of this meeting or invitation extended at either of my properties...
 

Re: Re: Invitation to Cherokee Street vision association, Tues 6/6

The meeting was announced on this website and via an email list compiled by lyndsey scott. It was the first meeting of its kind, and I expect lyndsey didn't announce it (more) publicly since purpose of the 1st meeting was to gauge interest and find direction.

Since there were over a dozen people present at the 6/6 meeting, that presumably demonstrated enough motivation to hold larger meetings in the future (for which there would be flyering).
 

Re: Re: Re: Invitation to Cherokee Street vision association, Tues 6/6

certainly sorry you got skipped --
was Trying to bridge voices I had heard express the same spirit
WOuld have loved to have the time to be more thorough.
we do what we can with what we got

seeds sprout

what ways do you see to create a most inclusive form for forum?

web+phone Tree+word of mouth+town crier

neighborhood bbq

least meetingish most productive
 

Re: Invitation to Cherokee Street vision association, Tues 6/6

I grew up in St Louis City. My mother grew up in this St Louis City.
I was "gentrified" out of the house that I grew up in. I couldn't even afford to buy the house from my parents.
There are a lot of you who complain about getrification who probably grew up in the county and moved into the city so you are part of the gentrification([search]) issue. Not saying that you should move away but just watch where you point your finger.
Some of the best years of my life were spent on the late 80s Delmar Loop. Delmar was amazing then. The rent was cheap. It was relatively safe. Everyone had fun. It would be great if Cherokee([search]) became that. It would suck if Cherokee becomes what Delmar is today.
A former Cherokee resident came in the other day and made a great point. If you are worried about the gentrification, why don't you work to get rent control?
What Lyndsey did was productive. She got that meeting together in a week. It was the first meeting that I've been to on Cherokee that ended on a positive note. If you are a "resident and business owner on Cherokee" who didn't receive an invite, you should let Lyndsey know who you are and you can help remedy the situation for future meetings.
If you are sitting anonymously at a computer bashing something cool that someone else did, maybe you should take a look at what you are doing.
 

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