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Our manifesto seeks to create a media space where individual stories are shared, listened to, observed, considered, and recognized. We hope to change the way we see our own stories in relation to others’ and how our observation of displacement or relocation is subjective to our experience. Our media space is a [(url) address] housewarming, a move to a new address or a space welcoming those without one, that we hope will awaken our consciousness to what role gentrification has played in each of our stories.

We demand to be heard by each other first and foremost, to share our story and to gain empathy towards others whom we don’t know. We speak to city officials, developers, policymakers, advocates, business owners and residents in our media space, and invite them to join the housewarming. It is our hope that after engaging with our media space, their spirit of human compassion and empathy will drive those city officials to halt their plans for (re)construction rather support our goal of achieving “equitable development.”

Our goal of Equitable Development is best described as “the creation and maintenance of economically and socially diverse communities that are stable over the long term, through means that generate a minimum of transition costs that fall unfairly on lower income residents.”While public and nonprofit officialsmay easily support such an idea, the business community should support it as well. Without equitable development, the long-term prospects of a neighborhood, or the metropolitan area in which it is set, can dim. Equitable development is “something that should be planned for and facilitated whether gentrification pressures exist of not.”[1]

The mission of our Manifesto is to create a media space for allstorytellers, a space to act as a house, a media space for all to inhabit, and we aim to create this media space where all can share their experiences with house relocation, how they identify with their “space,” address or address-less individuals together can share their experiences with relocation or gentrification-driven displacement. In creating this space, we hope to awaken the areas of consciousness in each other through familiar experiences. In order to do this we realized that we need to recognize our own experience in order to share our story, and in storytelling, we will discover how our story frames us in relation to gentrification, and a sense of mutual experience or feelings will be shared that unite the community in this space.

Concluding remarks: The mission and objective(s) of our Manifesto, include the goals we hope to achieve in reimaging a media space community for all: we are considering who our audience is, who our storytellers are, and how we can provide a space that is practically located for all —on a web-based platform.

[1] http://www.policylink.org/sites/default/files/DealingWithGentrification_final.pdf

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About Hannah M. Webster

Hannah M. Webster Los Angeles, California Hannah M. Webster works with clients to develop their brands with digital design works and content curation for digital, print and multi- media.

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