I’m going to need you to listen to Art Burton’s public comment at the September 12th City Council meeting:
“When you talk about providing 23 part time jobs and we’ve already provided 150…When I look at the people who sit over there—their passion, their commitment—and know that we are being spurned, left out of the process, and intentionally excluded from acting in our own behalf..something’s gotta change y’all.
The big focus of that meeting, and a lot of the committee meetings leading up to it, was the East End grocery store. Pretty much a decade in the making, the store will bring a desperately-needed, full-service grocery store to the area. It’s a big deal and is tied to the much bigger deal of East End Transformation and Creighton Court redevelopment.
But Bigger Deal Things (like tearing down and rebuilding a very old public housing neighborhood) involve lots of money, lots of organizations, and lots of sticky bits. Art speaks directly and passionately about seggregation, public process, and about bringing in The Community Builders to do some of the work that his organization—a local one—does and has done for much less cost.
Honestly, there are so many moving parts to this and so much at stake that I continue to feel confused, uninformed, and generally helpless. In my view, this is one of the biggest yet somehow most undercovered (or covered in a fractured and disjointed way) issues in town.