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In my opinion Well Said Tim, all the way to the
There are many reasons why national policy
remains in service of its own interests, with little touch, or
interest in the needs of the many. There are many reasons why
state and local public and non profits overwhelmingly tend to
follow the lead of national policy.
Clearly as we have seen, this has led us to where
we are today. Perhaps at some point enough of us will begin to
follow and serve the interests of the most in need, bless them
for they are the canary in the mine.
On 7/8/2021 4:31 PM, Tim McCormick
thanks Elise. This is the work of and run by
Colorado Village Collaborative, led by Cole Chandler, longtime
active members & friends of Village Collaborative network
whom I visited in Denver a few years back.
The mainstream media segment has some good
visuals, and does respectfully give time to a homeless
resident at one of the sites, but unshockingly mis-expresses
or misframes various things, from my standpoint. It isn't City
or 'Denver' run, it happened out of many years of devoted
activism, sometimes quite oppositional, pushing against
vacillating and often unreceptive/hostile City practices.
NBC represent the sites as strictly not a
'home', but as an in-between point from which to look for a
home. This, of course, is not necessarily, in fact often not,
how houseless people and activists speak of it.
Finally, while in this they are generally
following CVC's messaging, I generally question NBC's typical
-- you might say, compulsively anxious -- framing of this and
all they group with it as just tents, non-homes, non-housing;
strictly separated from that implied but undefined realm of
real housing. Mostly, that imagined 'real' mainstream housing
isn't there, and isn't going to be there, for the people
residing at CVC's safe spaces. From my perspective, there
rarely is, in the US and most countries, any plausible plan in
motion, hardly even being imagined, for creation of the needed
housing on the scale and of types needed - certainly not in
Denver, as far as I've seen.
Denver reported year-over-year home price
appreciation of *26.13 percent* in May. As in many parts of
the US, housing cost escalation is practically out of control,
far outpacing and overwhelming even the relatively huge recent
Fed/state funding flows which might help, were they well used.
Mass displacement is accelerating, from overlapping, entwined
disasters of Covid, inequality/asset-boom, climate disruption,
mass heatwave and wildfires, etc.
In most places I see leaders mainly, same as it
ever was, holding on steady to their positions and practices
and conventional notions, thanking their stars to be at least
further up the ladder, above the flood, and ahead of the
fires, than the unwashed masses being hit by the brunt of
disruption and the leaders' & landed's general failure to
act or adapt on the level needed.
On Thu, Jul 8, 2021 at
11:11 AM Elise Aymer <elise@...
I am sharing a news video on Denver's
City-run campsites - that they've been deploying across
their city and expanding since the pandemic, as it's
likely to be referenced as a model in Portland and
This is a mainstream (NBC) news segment so it
doesn't delve into what's happening in detail or fully
examine ramifications. I also didn't find it properly
presented the bigger picture either or ask the
important "whys." In other words, a great deal of
context and analysis are missing.
So, in posting this, I'm expecting it to be useful
in providing a brief view (literally) of what's
happening there and a starting point for finding out
more. Once something like this (in a western city)
is being featured in the mainstream, national news, I
expect it to assume more prominence in the discussion
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