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why urban centers matter

people make your life - a short manifesto on community's role in urban development by Derek J. Coppess.

616 Development

on 12 November 2012

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Transcript of why urban centers matter

...enter 616. why?? community [derek j. coppess, 616 Development founder/managing director] why urban centers matter October 23, 2001... “A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.” – Marcus Garvey “Education consists mainly of what we have unlearned. ” ~ Mark Twain Lake Odessa, population 2,000 “A man travels the world in search of what he needs and returns home to find it.” ~ George Moore suburbia people make your life Steve Jobs unveils the first iPod October 18, 2003... Mark Zuckerberg founds "Facemash", the predecessor for Facebook September 15, 2008... October 15, 2008... Lehman Brothers close their doors, ushering in the largest bankruptcy in US history. 616 Lofts is founded in answer to downtown Grand Rapids' lack of residential community. (so why is he talking about his childhood in Lake Odessa...??) “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” ~ Leonardo da Vinci hot dog story #1 management involvement + resident enthusiasm = community hot dog story #2 only building owner instigating community = fail hot dog story #3 only residents instigating community = fail = 37 properties
37 weeks
150 residents “A community is the mental and spiritual condition of knowing that the place is shared, and that the people who share the place define and limit the possibilities of each other's lives.” - Wendell Berry * hot dog story #1 * hot dog story #2 * hot dog story #3 community = (bringing people BACK to the urban center.) simple. urban. living. generation Y & the problem with community Simon Sinek: "the split" but THEN... the team comes together... a yearning for... 616's answer = social change where do these take place? art & community + entrepreneurship & innovation urban centers. = we have to learn to live together again. creating spaces is easy. 100% pre-leased = community creating community
is another story. monica clark ("boots")
director of community development marjorie steele ("scribes")
creative director "616 has been both the most difficult and the most rewarding client I've ever had the pleasure of working with. When you have such an amazing, complex vision to articulate, the difficulty of the project becomes a joy."
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