A People’s History of Parramore*
*The title is your trigger warning
“…I don’t have any evidence to prove that he does, they were tearing down his house because San Francisco is engaging as most northern cities are now engaging in something called urban renewal, which means moving the negroes out, it means negro removal, that is what it means and the federal government is an accomplice to this fact.”
–James Baldwin interviewed by Kenneth Clark (1963).
The cycle of decline and renewal in the American city is not an easy story. From New York City to Chicago, from Los Angeles to Miami, the struggle to elevate depressed urban areas has been a constant source of conflict and consternation. At its core, a tension between race and space inform these debates. Often neighborhoods occupied by low income and people of color are the site of transformation. In Orlando, Paramore offers a local case for a national pattern. While planners suggest and politicians decide, often the impact of policy for people on the ground is missed. On October 24 at 7:00pm Lawanna Gelzer, resident, community activist, and municipal critic will offer her perspective on Parramore. Join us for “A People’s History of Parramore” to hear her take on how long-term residents see the policies transforming the community. Are they opposed to development? What would they like see in terms of different policy?