Day 10: New York

Well it has been a crazy week as our staffing has quickly changed. One of our faculty has left the program and a new one is being brought online this week. There area million pieces to prepare and tomorrow is our first faculty session (Kelly’s) so we’ll get our first introduction the academic portions of the trip. Today was our first site visits as well. We sent out six groups to a wide range of organizations working in diverse neighborhoods of the City. I took a group to the Center for Urban Pedagogy – a really interesting civic design nonprofit and had a great afternoon with the students, and am now quite wiped. I do feel like one thing that was missing that day was the voice of the private market, the developer, the urban booster. How are we going to be effective critics if we never meet or engage with those who think things are fine or that more is better? Hopefully this is a perspective that we can work in over the semester…

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