Members of DTES Local Area Planning Process Committee start discussions on people’s planning

Members of DTES Local Area Planning Process Committee start discussions on people’s planning

As they approach the one-year anniversary of the DTES Local Area Planning Process (LAPP) committee some low-income community members of the committee are reaching outside the official city process to welcome the broader community in.

These low-income community reps are launching a “People’s Plan” bulletin published “from inside the belly of the beast” of the LAPP committee and organizing regular town halls to discuss the struggles we are facing in the DTES today, to form specific visions for change, and to strategize how we, the DTES low-income community, can most effectively fight for this change we need.

The first People’s Plan town hall was held in the Carnegie Theatre on November 8. About 50 people came to better understand the frustrations of working within a city planning process instead of focusing on street organizing. “Everybody here who’s involved with LAPP is spending tons of time at bureaucratic meetings,” explained Jean Swanson from CCAP. “Could this time be spent more effectively doing something else?”

Keep a look out for the first issue of the People’s Plan bulletin and come to the second People’s Plan town hall on Friday December 14, 2pm at the Oppenheimer Park Field House.