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Gentrify: People, Property & Profit
Sun, 28 August 2016, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM CDT
Spirit and Place Festival and Kheprw Institute are partnering to launch Gentrify: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly, a series of discussions which will explore the impact and ramifications of gentrification above and beyond displacement.
This discussion will focus on gentrification and the complex and often conflicting interests of people, property and profit. Elle Roberts, Meredith Brickell, Wendy Cooper and Michael McKillip will speak as panelists and then lead into a discussion.
MEET THE PANEL
Elle Roberts is a writer and musician living on the near eastside of Indianapolis. She is the founder of shehive, a grassroots gender equity project. She enjoys connecting with and serving her neighbors, and making something of nothing, together.
Meredith Brickell is the project leader of the House Life Project, a neighborhood initiative in the Near Eastside of Indianapolis that encourages artists, neighbors of all ages, local business owners and community leaders to reimagine abandoned properties as creative hubs for neighborhood engagement. Brickell also teaches art at DePauw University and exhibits her work nationally.
Wendy Cooper has a broad range of experience rebuilding neighborhoods around the country. She has worked for the Cities of Sacramento and Indianapolis, in the private sector, and with not for profit community organizations including Flanner House of Indianapolis. She is passionate about the urban core and brings a blended perspective of healthy, impactful, and sustainable community development. She currently is serving as the Senior Special Projects Manager for Insight Development, the not for profit development arm of the Indianapolis Housing Agency.
Michael McKillip is Executive Director of Midtown Indianapolis, Inc., a nonprofit community development organization focused on quality of life and economic development in Indy’s Midtown. After receiving his B.A. in Political Science from Indiana University Southeast Michael spent nearly a decade in government affairs and advocacy at the Indiana Statehouse before turning his attention to neighborhood revitalization as a Realtor® and general contractor. In 2007, while serving as Board President of the Maple Road Development Association, he worked to help establish Midtown Indianapolis, Inc. and became its first full-time Executive Director in 2012. Since that time he has lead a coalition of neighborhood leaders, business owners, and key Institutions through a series of planning and advocacy efforts, which have helped to establish a shared vision for the future of Indy’s Midtown, shaped new economic policy tools, and leveraged over $60 million in public and private investments in key Midtown area projects. Michael lives in Indy’s Midtown with his wife Kristie and son Jaxon.