DIY Development for Humans

Susu is passionate about responsible neighborhood development.  Our approach is to nurture the vast rich human resource of our neighborhood businesses as a key driver to building community.

A few weeks ago, we had the pleasure of participating in ‘Small Scale Real Estate Developers BOOT CAMP’.  This camp was the first of many to inspire a new (or old) approach to development led by (one of our favorite Dallas developers) Monte Anderson and the folks from the Congress for New Urbanism.

The boot camp work is igniting an army of new developers to think of their projects as ‘farms’.  We at Susu have called this concept ‘hubs’.  The concept of ‘farming as development’ is a perfect metaphor for the cultivation required to temper the greedy developer monster that displaces communities and cashes in on the generations of legal resource-hoarding that has created ‘under-served communities’.  The distinction trades that deep-pocket gangster tactic in for small-scale or an incremental development approach.

Check the link to this article BY OSCAR PERRY ABELLO to read more >>click here<<.

We couldn’t agree more from this quote from Boot Camp Facilitator, R John Anderson,

“(small scale development) … is a tremendous opportunity for people of color and low-income communities to claim a long-denied share of wealth and opportunity. Inclusiveness is especially critical in an era when cities and close-in suburbs are seeing a trending demand for walkable neighborhoods.

He goes on to say, “The way to make those changes more graceful than if we were to see disruptive gentrification would be to do it on a smaller scale, with more participation of people in those neighborhoods already,” R. John Anderson says. “It makes sense to scale things properly for the communities you’re operating in. It’s a question of advancing skill sets and business models and networks among small operators.”

Yep. Pretty much.  Disruptive gentrification is bad.  And, though it seems, that gentrification, in some form, is inevitable, the ‘incremental development’ approach gives space for neighborhood folks to stay in the game.

#YOUareTHEdeveloper     #&YouAreNotAlone

Need inspiration?

Theaster Gates

Rick Lowe

Kristen E. Jeffers – The Black Urbanist

New Urban Mom

Corner Side Yard


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