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Scott Harmon 
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Re: “What Do Lakewood Residents Think of Their Neighborhood's Newest High-End Restaurant?

This is a great article. It does not shy away from the complexities of these dilemmas, for which there are no easy answers. Every solution has certain costs and benefits, and this compels us to thoughtfully look at each situation, and consider all of the consequences. This is a refreshing article to see in the Indy because it doesn't package the whole issue into a tidy, incendiary tomato to throw. Rather, the article is willing to leave us uncomfortable, realizing that no one has a single, magic solution that solves all of the needs of community, progress, economics, and fairness. And kudos to Phoebe who's willing to work on the issues she CAN, even if she can't solve ALL of them. I suspect that's how meaningful change and community actually happens.

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Posted by Scott Harmon on 08/30/2017 at 2:36 PM

Re: “Batalá Durham's Central Park Standoff with Liberty Warehouse Residents Is Gentrification in Motion

This is not gentrification in motion. This is damaging sensational press in motion. There's ONE guy who complained and the remaining residents at Liberty Warehouse shut him down hard.

Residents and businesses and cultural events have been figuring out how to live in a vibrant urban environment for a long time, and some times there are conflicts. When downtown first started thriving all of the existing residents (who were here before the restaurants and bars) complained. Was THAT gentrification when the people who had been here for years felt like the new businesses moving in were changing their way of life?

The community told those people the same thing. Downtown is going to be a vibrant, mixed use environment, not a quiet bucolic suburban enclave. And that's what the residents and management of Liberty Warehouse told the ONE guy who complained.

If you want to be a responsible member of the community and the press, you should do your homework and not write incendiary stories that make it HARDER for for the community to work together.

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Posted by Scott Harmon on 08/03/2017 at 10:40 AM

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