20Dear Jeffery: Thanks so much for your response
- Mar 7, 2004Subject: RE: SCOPA
Dear Jeffery: Thanks so much for your response to myquestion
about how we (SCOPA, et al.) might make some progress assuring that
asocial impact assessment should be done on any development of the
Central ParkArea of Tampa (such as the Civitas' proposal or any
other). I thinkyour response should be shared with other SCOPA
members on SCOPA YahooGroup.
By copy of this message, I am asking Glenn Brown if hewould be so
kind as to subscribe you to the SCOPA YahooGroup and, if itis
convenient, to send this message on for us.
The SCOPA members should be reminded that you did your MA
AppliedAnthropology Internship on the impact assessment for the
original widening of Fletcher Avenue from a little two lane road to
what it is now! That was manyyears ago! Did you not have to warn
the contractors to watch out forwoolly mammoths? I remember well
one of your warnings: "Never playleapfrog with a unicorn," you
From: Wanda and Jeffery Dow[mailto:WJCED.DUNEDIN@...]
Sent: Saturday, March06, 2004 8:21 PM
To: Wolfe, Alvin
Subject: Re: SCOPA
My apologies for not getting back to you sooner. Ithas been a busy
week, and I had to go back to look at some social impactmaterial to
refresh my memory.
The first thing that would need to be done would be todefine those
persons being impacted. Again, not being familiar with the
Civitasproject it is hard for me to get a handle on this. After that
is established,the types of impacts that can be examined are many,
including communitycohesion, accessibility of services,
displacement, employment and businessactivity, residential activity
and the effects on property taxes.
Since you mentioned urban redevelopment, I take itthat this is less
a highway improvement project (around which the Social
ImpactAssessment books I have are oriented) than a residential
and/or commercialrebuilding project. However, the same types of
issues can apply. If housing isbeing replaced, the impacts that
could be investigated and assessed couldinclude
Cohesion: Will the same residents return or beaccommodated? Will the
new housing cost more and cause displacement?
Accessibility of services: Will commercial activitiesbe part of the
redevelopment? Will these be services the residents want andneed?
This could be a positive impact.
Employment: Will employment be of a nature that theresidents can get
jobs in the redeveloped area?
Residential activity: Will the behaviors exhibitedbefore the
redevelopment be similar to those after?
Property taxes: If they go up, will the homeownersstill be able to
afford their new housing?
Researchers could use survey instruments to collectinformation. They
could be formal or informal. Also, meetings could be formalor
informal and collect the same type of data. If a neighborhood is
beingredeveloped, residents can be given disposable cameras and
asked to take photosof things they like and dislike about their
neighborhood. As designs and siteplans are put together, planners
can consult the photos and comments.
I hope this is a start. How would I subscribe to theSCOPA Yahoo
group? Let me know if I can do anything else.
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