What happens to Turner Field once the Braves baseball franchise leaves is a hot topic in Atlanta. Will that land become a casino? Will a new stadium replace Turner Field? Or will the area be developed for retail, dining and condominiums like Atlantic Station?
One thing that’s for sure is that the communities surrounding Turner Field can’t afford another development project that benefits a few well-connected folks while further cutting off and displacing long-term residents who have lived near the field since before the area was ripe for such a land grab.
Last year, AFSC’s Atlanta Economic Justice Program partnered with residents and community organizations to facilitate a listening project in Peoplestown. After evaluating the results, it was clear that residents cared deeply for their community and have deep concerns about its future. On the top of the list of concerns were the lack of affordable housing, limited access to good food, and trash in the community.
The residents of Hatcliffe Extension in Harare create tie-dyed and batiked clothing in rich jewel tones and craft shoes and other leather goods. As they do, they begin to restore their livelihoods and move away from dependence on international aid organizations.
In 2008, the American Friends Service Committee began to work with Silveira House, Zimbabwe Women’s Bureau, and other non-governmental organizations to improve the living standard of 1,200 vulnerable households in the Hatcliffe Extension area.
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