Wherein we learn
“In cities that have already faced the need to adapt, there have emerged three distinct, but related reasons that labor organizations should play a central role when developing a just adaptation agenda“
“adaptation planning and design in the U.S., like professional planning and design more generally, has not focused on the interests of workers. Planning for a just adaptation will require making workers central participants.“
Moreover, as much as some becry #publicmeetings (and I am all for re-imagining forms of #participatorygovernance) or the slow nature of infrastructure / #megaprojects in a democratic state I couldn’t agree with the following more !!!
“finally, adaptation should emphasize an approach of democratic deliberation, debate, and collective decision making, wherein those who will be most impacted by climate change and adaptation efforts have a central place in shaping these processes.“
On a related note, some food for thought regarding role of public input, meetings and neighborhood groups in city planning and civic activism.
“I think it’s important to recognize that the historical and socioeconomic context in which calls for grassroots, democratic planning came around has in many cases vanished…There is still a threat of displacement and destructive change, but it comes from the opposite end of the spectrum, from a hyperactive real estate market and the desire of many more people than the city has been willing to build housing for wanting to live here. Already in the time period that Crockett narrates privileged voices were figuring out how to use the democratic planning process to subvert planning aims of social justice and integration. We can’t, and we won’t, throw out the baby of democratic planning and extensive public outreach with the bathwater of urban renewal and highway building. But we can, and must, recognize that there are tensions between promising all comers a democratic process and achieving egalitarian, democratic outcomes.“
Finally, read Professor Eitan D. Hersh’s editorial regarding the importance of “face-to-face political communities” and why ultimately creating community and further political change is about “working in groups to turn one vote into more than one vote, one voice into more than one voice, by getting others on board with you.“