Earlier this year, we set out on a journey to explore our community and share your stories. One of the most impactful stories has been the quickly changing faces of our city’s neighborhoods. And this is perhaps best exemplified in the redevelopment of Franklinton.
Franklinton represents both the excitement for the growth of the city and the need to preserve its rich history. The city’s first settlement was in Franklinton and now that is also the location of its largest boom.
There are plenty of diverse opinions on this redevelopment and how it should or shouldn’t be done. But there are not a lot of opportunities to share those opinions outside of our immediate relationships and conversations.
We’ve explored many angles and perspectives of this story through the Flooded Again documentary and the Franklinton Wishing Tree at Independent’s Day (and in other pieces). The response and support from the community has been overwhelming. This story clearly strikes a chord in our city.
But there’s still more to explore.
So we’re inviting you to be part of the story.
On November 14th, we’re hosting a community conversation surrounding the development of Franklinton. We want to elevate the voices of the community members being impacted by the changes and give them an opportunity to speak with the people implementing those changes.
This isn’t a business panel just to promote the developers or a community rally to halt the progress. This is an opportunity for us all to come together and build an open exchange of ideas.
Franklinton is an open and diverse neighborhood, so we want to facilitate an open and diverse dialogue.
How will Franklinton remain a community focused on the arts? How will Franklinton become the beacon that attracts new residents from across the country? There are a lot of stories to explore, and this is your invitation to be a part of the process.