Social Mixing or Social Exclusion: Should people with money decide what our neighborhoods look like?
Our University of the Streets Café public conversations are much like any you’d have with friends or family around a dinner table, except with more people, more points of view, and slightly more structure. Conversations are hosted by a volunteer moderator who is there to welcome everyone and keep things on track. To get things started, there’s a guest, or sometimes two, who get the ball rolling by sharing their ideas, experiences and questions. After that, it's all up to the participants.
Social mixing is usually invoked as a strategy in the context of neighborhoods that are now of interest to developers. To what extent does social mixing work as a development strategy beyond facilitating access to economically vulnerable neighborhoods? This public conversation looks at who gets their say and who gets left out in urban development. Most importantly - how do we reassert control over our neighborhoods?
Hassan El Asri is a community organiser with the Regroupement Information Logement (RIL), the housing committee of Pointe-Saint-Charles, where he lives. He holds a graduate diploma in urban planning and community development from Université du Québec à Montréal and is a housing rights advocate. Hassan is interested in the extent to which social and community housing allows populations to remain in their neighborhoods when they are affected by gentrification.
Eduardo Della Foresta is an artist and MFA candidate in Studio Arts at Concordia University. He concurrently works as a caseworker with Projet logement Montréal (PLM), an organization committed to social integration and inclusion, which centers on moving people experiencing homelessness into independent and permanent housing. Eduardo’s research considers various ways in which imagination can help reduce the painful effects of isolation and disaffiliation. His current project Atelier Mobile Montreal provides an alternative space for makers of meaning.
Michelle Duchesneau is a long-time resident of Point Saint-Charles. Over the past 18 years she has worked in the community primarily, supporting youth and families with a particular passion for engaging youth as political and economic subjects. She is the founding member of a community-led sexual health education project and Press Start, a youth-led cooperative arcade and up-cycling project housed in Bậtiment 7. Michelle is a graduate student at Concordia University and part of a research collective studying emancipatory economic initiatives in Quebec.
Accessibility: The space is wheelchair accessible, but the ramp to access the main door is quite long, and the elevator to reach the 2nd floor where the conversation is held, can be finicky. There are gender neutral washroom adjacent to the space where the conversation will be.
1900 Le Ber street