Context & Conversation: “Who Defines ‘Community Investment’?”
Co-presented with Community Partner Providence Public Library
Community Partner: West Elmwood Housing Development Corporation
Inspired by August Wilson’s Radio Golf
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Providence’s West End is home to gems of historic architecture, some newly restored, others in need of care; entrepreneurs from many countries running all kinds of small businesses; a microbrewery; subsidized housing developments; vibrant but underfunded community centers; a well-used library; multiple parks; expensive restaurants; street produce trucks; backyard gardens; even the occasional chicken. It’s also home to the tension that results in a tight housing market when new investment follows years of disinvestment, and longtime residents are priced out of their “improved” neighborhoods. Join us for a conversation with United Way of RI Executive Vice President, Director of Community Investment Angela Ankoma; Brown University Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Urban Studies Rebecca Carter and others about what constitutes “community,” how values inform our definition of “investment,” and who gets to decide which investments will yield the greatest return in their communities.