Christian Long

Majora Carter: Tale of Urban Renewal

In TED Talks on April 21, 2010 at 9:05 pm

Reflection by DANIELLA W.

Original TED page w/ speaker bio, links, comments, etc:

Majora Carter:  Tale of Urban Renewal

This video served two purposes to the audience.

First it talked about how Ms.Carter is trying to make America’s poor neighbor hoods better, and second it focused on her personal experience that inspired her to start this project.

Both points in this video made it respectable, enjoying, and inspiring. When she began talking about her project my initial reaction was, great, another project, like million of others that are trying to the same thing.

Then she began talking about how her personal life inspired her to this project and that really gave me a new look on her pitch of ideas.

Generally people like to give back to their community and that’s the end of their reason. But you could actually see the emotion she had when she was explaining where she was from. It gives you a sense that this project is therapy for her and not just something to do because it’s the right thing. It also served sort of personal when she talked about how she is stuck in between the world she grew up in and the corporate world she is in now. I’m sure we have all had a sense of that being trapped in two worlds but wanting to serve justice to both.

The project in its self is a really creative and nice way to help the community.

A lot of people just throw money out there and hope something new and helpful gets builds. I love the fact that she is trying to clean up and enhance the things that are already there instead of building new stuff. By cleaning up and enhancing I think it gives the people, who live there a sense of pride, I’m sure they will also want to be more active. She also is doing this really neat thing where instead of cement roof tops its grass. This helps global warming and help the community a well.

Who doesn’t want beautiful butterflies on the rooftop of buildings?

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