Why don't more people in our community know about this?

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Great question. We know that the incinerator is not the only case where community members are effectively left out of major decisions. Shutting down rec centers and fire stations also happened throughout the city without a lot of community awareness before decisions were made. This reflects a failed development approach that often dictates to communities rather than working with them as respected partners in making critical decisions. In the case of the incinerator, we know that very few meetings were held and that they were scheduled at inconvenient times. We don’t know of any effort made before decisions about the project were made to reach out directly to community members (through door to door outreach, mailings, calls, etc…).

 


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