WHAT IS WRITING TRENTON′S FUTURE ALL ABOUT?
Beautiful Trenton invited Trenton residents to submit written works addressing the themes that emerged from the Community Café. We want to continue and deepen the conversation about Trenton’s future that started at the Beautiful Trenton Community Café. These diverse works, which we invite you to read and consider, represent the views of the contributors, and not Beautiful Trenton or Beautiful Trenton’s fiscal sponsor.
All works are copyrighted © 2010 by their authors, and are subject to a Creative Commons license, which requires attribution (acknowledging the author or creator) and prohibits commercial use or derivative works (for more information, go to http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/) without the express consent of the author. For more information, please contact Beautiful Trenton.
Writing Trenton’s future is the next step in the process through which Trenton residents can take responsibility for the future of our city. We urge you to read, consider and enjoy these works.
WHAT ARE THE THEMES FOR WRITING TRENTON’S FUTURE?
Seven broad themes were developed during the Community Café process, and residents of Trenton were invited to submit works on these topics.
- Intra-City Coordination
- Downtown Revitalization
- Arts, Culture and History
Trenton is a city of many blocks, many neighborhoods, and many organizations that have the ability to effect significant change, if they work together. Essays received are:
- We Owe Our Neighbors by Adriana Arismendi;
- 10 Things I Learned as President of a Trenton Civic Organization by Phil DeRose;
- A Vision and Plan for Trenton by Dan Dodson;
- Intra-City Coordination by Christine Donahue;
- Make Our City Better without Raising Taxes by D. A. Graham;
- Better Outreach by Eric Maywar; and
- Hard Times Require Radical Solutions: The Future of Trenton by Stephen Slusher.
Many participants in the Beautiful Trenton Community Cafe noted the need to “market” the City and promote the City’s strengths in a number of ways. Essays received are:
- Approaches to Marketing Trenton, by Harry Jackendoff;
- Santa Wanda – August 1, 2015, by Juan Martinez;
- The Next Brooklyn? by Jon Naar; and
- Unite Trenton with an Updated, Interactive Website, by Caty Poole.
Revitalizing Downtown Trenton was a recurring theme during the Beautiful Trenton Community Café. Essays received are:
- Mansions into Consulates, by Harry Jackendoff;
- Waterfront Redevelopment is Key, by Monique King-Viehland;
- A Real Economic Development Plan, by Juan Martinez;
- Seven Ideas for Economic Development, by Eric Maywar; and
- A Front Street Flea Market, by Tony Weathers (illustrated by Harry Jackendoff).
Arts, Culture, and History
Trenton has long been a community rich in arts and culture, grounded in its impressive history. Essays received are:
- Rejuvenating Cultural Trenton by Strengthening its Partnerships by Karen Carson;
- Trenton: the Perfect Model by John Hatch;
- Building on Trenton’s Historic Assets by Jennifer B. Leynes; and
- Some Thoughts on a Cultural Policy for Trenton, by Helen M. Shannon.
Everyone can participate in making their block, their neighborhood, and their city a cleaner place. It’s easy to do and is often the first step in making real and lasting change in the community. The essays received is:
- A Clean Trenton is a Beautiful Trenton by Phyllis Holly-Ward.
We are a city of many ages. The young people of our city are not just the future, but they are the present and can be engaged effectively to make Trenton more beautiful now and for the next generation. Essays received are:
- Finding a Framework for Trenton’s Adolescent Success by Tyrone A. Gaskins;
- Trenton Makes: Philanthropies Take, by Harry Jackendoff; and
- Which Youth? by Andrew J. Seligsohn.
Trenton’s education system serves our young people today, but is also the foundation for keeping and attracting families for tomorrow. Essays received are:
- How Our Environment is Affecting Our Children & Schools by Bernard J. McMullan;
- Adult Technical Education: Roebling Museum of Science and Industry by Harry Jackendoff;
- An Education Blueprint for the Success of Trenton Public School Students by Juan Martinez; and
- Education by Eric Maywar.