Urban Renewal by Mary Guerrero

How do we build a great city?
We recognize the greatness within it
We treat each person walking the streets as if he or she were
the universe.
We see our past in front of us.
We demand that our past be
recognized and honored by
honoring it ourselves.
We show respect by caring for those
who are most needy.
We build a great city by supporting
the creators, the artists, thinkers and entrepreneurs.
We build a great city by creating
our own unique space not copied and reproduced like main street anywhere usa
but created by us.
We build a great city
by occupying our space with pride.
We build a great city by
respecting sacred grounds.
And by questioning our place by learning what happened here before us.
Why is it that some feel the need
to speak for others?
Why must the state speak for us now?
And why must money always speak louder than words?
Our city has multiple
overlapping narratives
when we senselessly
bulldoze our city we crush
those narratives.

Thoughts?

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