Community Greens

October 23, 2009

Developing a Community Green

Filed under: Uncategorized — communitygreens @ 2:09 pm

Common ground and community are difficult to come by. Difficult especially in a community where there are different perspectives and values. Some call this a richness of community, but when community values are divergent (because of race, class, ethnicity, political persuasuion or any other reason) this richness, without guidence, can spoil.

A community green historically has been a gathering place – a place that voices can be heard and issues aired out. In this same tradition, this virtual green is designed to be a civil place where voices can be heard and community issues discussed.

Our community is not defined by geographic boundries, but by reasoned voices in a virtual setting. While we blog from a rich and nuanced city like New Orleans, it is our intention to discuss what we are learning about New Orleans, community resiliance and recovery to a much broader audience.

What New Orleans has learned in the years after floodwaters washed over the city needs to be documented and exported so other communities can learn from the sucesses and mistakes of New Orleans.

A man from Alchatraz, when asked what life was like there, once said:

‘None of us are completely useless – even the worst of us can serve as an example of what not to do’

New Orleans is not the worst of us. The city has learned more about devistation than most cities in the world, and there is a tremendous amount here to share – both what to do, and what not to do.

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