“Be Engaged – Share Your Stories – Share the History”
Urban neighborhoods were once perceived by many as places to work, not places to live. Perception is a keyword to describe how individuals, particularly those who did not or do not live there, feel that urban communities consist of rough characters, unsavory elements, and a population that basically is not educated and financially poor. On the other hand, to be fair, there are those of us who grew up in the central city that can attest to having a stable upbringing, home-loving families that instilled great work ethics, and the importance of getting an education. These areas also have rich histories, some positive and some not, that are most often overlooked or have disappeared over time.
Most may know of the resurgence of interest in urban cities. This is spurned by proximity to employment centers, entertainment, and the arts and dining. Folks can walk, take public transportation, or ride their bikes to work and play within their communities. Housing in the urban centers is more affordable when compared to suburbs and other major cities.
While there is an influx of individuals, and businesses moving into the urban centers, it is important that its rich history is preserved. Not only will this ensure that the information will be passed on for generations, but one might be surprised at the multi-cultural/ethnic history that has played a role in the makeup of central city communities.
If you are interested, start researching how neighborhoods developed through the years. If you have had a personal experience, share it. If you find pertinent information, let it be known. Platforms can be created, you can get involved in related programs, or join organizations that promote preserving the history of your community.