Tonight, the Hosford-Abernethy neighborhood elected 17 candidates in a unanimous vote bringing the total board to a capacity of 22 members. The new board represents the local SE community fully now, as it should. It remains to be seen how this large convoy of folks will negotiate and participate in the banal reality of neighborhood service. |
A commenter adds:
The previous board membership, which was, i believe 10 people, contained only 1 renter, with the remainder being home-owners. That renter actually left the board at the end of her term last night, as she has recently moved out of the neighborhood (perhaps because she couldn't find an affordable house here). So, it is significant that at least 7 of the new people elected last night are renters. Renters are often looked down upon by home-owners, who view them as transitory and uncaring about their surroundings. Of course, the majority of the U.S. population is now quite transitory, as compared to 50 years ago, and home-owners often move from house to house and neighborhood to neighborhood. One reason that some home-owners like it when property values go up is that they can now sell their house for more.
In the case of the 7 renters elected last night, we have some very caring, rooted people, with previous community organizing and/or activist experience.