Friday, April 7, 2017

Of Interest

On Wednesday morning, Victor Mendolia and Seth Rogovoy interviewed Kaya Weidman, executive director of Kite's Nest, on WGXC's @Issue. That interview has now been archived and can be heard by clicking here

The interview starts out, after greetings and introductions, with Rogovoy asking Weidman a question that may be on many people's minds: What are the organization's plans for the property it was gifted on North Front Street in the aftermath of the devastating fire that destroyed the historic mill building on the site. In prefacing her answer, Weidman uses the term liberatory education, which diverts the conversation to a definition of the term and beyond. About 16 minutes in and again at 27 minutes, the conversation returns to the building and future plans for the site.

In between, the conversation about the mission of Kite's Nest, its inspiration, programs, and vision for the future is well worth the time spent listening. To do so, click here.

1 comment:

  1. I hope the City will seek the cooperation of Kite's Nest when it's time to take on the City's sewer separation challenge.

    Nobody wants to continue polluting the river with our combined sewer overflows, but we must come up with a separation plan that's appropriate to the 21st century.

    According to past studies, and to the City's federally-mandated Long Term Control Plan, the easternmost Kite's Nest parcel will be central to any plan which separates our sewers using green infrastructure.

    For years, and as recently as last month, the HDC was the greatest culprit in obscuring these previous milestones. The fact that the HDC knows nothing about our long-established infrastructure needs is even an excellent argument for dissolving the HDC. But until we can celebrate that liberatory moment, the longer the HDC misleads people about this particular parcel the harder it will be for all parties to do what's best for the ecology AND for Kite's Nest.

    Hudson's need for alternative sewer infrastructure has been studied since the Carter administration! And yes, the City once showed great promise in its sewer planning, though such forward-looking recommendations haven't cropped up since the 1980s.

    How did it come about that ecology is now the least of our concerns? Why are our planning efforts always so dismal?