Urban Homesteading

INTERVIEWS – Informants and Questions

HOMESTEADING PRINCIPLES –  GOALS AND CONSEQUENCES

(Ferhat and Alberto)
POTENTIAL CONTACTS:

  • Andy Reicher –  Executive Director, Urban Homesteading Assistance Board
  • Brenda Stokely – Harlem Community organizer, homesteader
  • Jordi Reyes-Montblanc –  Westside Heights HDFC Council

QUESTIONS:

OWNERSHIP:

  • Is it ownership traditional meaning arguable?

  • Could the need of private ownership actually one factor that limit the potentialities of a homesteading program?

  • What kind of property regime could be implemented in a way to maximize the inclusivity of the programs?

PARTICIPATION:

  • Which is the balance between roles and goals of involved actors within the process?

  • Does the homesteading system solve the homelessness issue or does it just move it out?

  • How not-directly-involved actors, which are affected and involved in the renewal process, become active part of the program?

POPULAR LAYER:

  • Does home ownership is a matter of safe long-term investment, or is it a matter of feeling home (dwelling culture)?

  • How homesteading activity can be a carrier for a communitarian identity?

  • Which perspectives and forecasts people see in homesteading proposals? What they want to achieve by them?

 

(Braden)

Nadine Whitted, Community Board 4 District Manager, Bushwick —Together with Jonas

Political History

What is your memory of urban homesteading?

Did you support or oppose the policy? Why, why not?

Would you support a new urban homesteading program? Why, why not?

Bushwick is a changing neighborhood, how do you think your constituents feel about affordable housing?

 

Margarita Lopez, NYCHA director, ex-Community Board Rep, Lower East Side

What is your memory of urban homesteading?

Did you support or oppose the policy? Why, why not?

Would you support a new urban homesteading program? Why, why not?

You are a supporter of affordable housing, what do you think it will take to bring substantive action on affordable housing to the forefront?

 

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