Schools, Budget and an Abandoned Railway

Monday Night is going to be busy.

At 5:30pm, City Council will discuss the budget at City Hall.  Click here for the meeting agenda and here for the proposed budget and past budgets.

At 7pm there is a panel discussion in the Talkin’ about School and Society series at La Bodega restaurant (upper level, 2228 Albert St).  The discussion is titled “Politics, Sexuality, and Education” and will feature three panelists: U of R Faculty of Education Dean Dr. James McNinch, Krista Baliko, instructor of Schooling and Sexuality Identities course at the U of R and Dr. A. Brenda Anderson, Assistant Professor, Women’s & Gender Studies, Religious Studies, Luther College.

The Talkin’ about School and Society discussions are always great, so be sure to get there early, as the room fills up quickly.

If you don’t want to leave the house, take some time to watch this, a discussion on the creation of New York City’s High Line Park on Charlie Rose (Check out Laura’s awesome post on High Line Park here).

Charlie Rose speaks with four of the key players:  Amanda Burden, director of the New York City Department of City Planning, Diane von Furstenberg, philanthropist and project supporter, along with Robert Hammond and Joshua David co-founders of Friends of the High Line.

The story of the High Line is a great example of re-imagining ruins.  The High Line was meant to be destroyed until Hammond and David built a grass-roots coalition to save it.  The wider public, developers and the Giuliani administration all wanted the High Line to be torn down.  Hammond and David were, however, in love with the street level steel ruins but didn’t know what to do with it.  In time,  they were able go up on top of the line and saw how nature had taken over, covering the rails with wildflowers.  

During the Charlie Rose  interview, Diane von Furstenberg explains how the idea of the park came from nature. Photographer, Joel Sternfeld (see his images on the High Line site) was brought in to document the line and show  people the wonderful space that was there.  Revealing the natural rejuvenation and subsequent romantic setting  to New Yorkers with those pictures allowed people to imagine and dream of a new High Line.

Schools, Budget and an Abandoned Railway

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