Central Avenue Area Community Impact Assessment Forum
- Be sure to save Saturday February 19 for the Central Avenue Area
Community Impact Assessment Forum at Kid Mason Center. It is going
to be very informative and could have a positive influence on how
Tampa and Hillsborough County look at the impacts of development.
I attended the planning session last Thursday, Feb 3, and am
impressed with how well it is going. At least five SCOPA-type
anthropologists were there.
If I had not mislaid my notes I could give you more information, but
here are some highlights, pending a more formal report from Wendy:
The Mayor's Committee on Development of the Central Avenue Area
(something like that!) said that they would be putting out a "Request
For Qualifications" (RFQ) within a few weeks. That means asking
developers to submit their ideas on what they think could be done in
the area and roughly how they would go about doing it. I have two
anthropological comments on that: (a) SCOPA-type anthropologists
should be hired by potential developers to help them design a plan to
improve the lot of the current residents there, or at least they
should include anthropological consultation in their plans. (b) The
Mayor's Committee ... should have SCOPA-type anthropologists on the
team that will review the incoming responses to the RFQ.
I urge each of you to become involved in this forum. The four
committees working on the details are: Reaseach Information &
Programs; Food, Arrangements, and Logistics; Outreach, Public
Relations & Communications; and Follow-up. Inquiries to this SCOPA
Yahoo Group will reach Wendy Hathaway, who appears to be the co-
ordinating scribe. She might also respond to this SCOPA Yahoo Group
with corrections and additions to my little report here.
I believe this Central Avenue Area Community Impact Assessment Forum
can have impacts beyond this area and this event. The Follow-up
Committee could perhaps make sure its potential impacts are realized.
It is time we pushed for community/social impact assessment for all
Nine of the seventeen members on these committees are
anthropologists, and six of those are subscribers to the SCOPA Yahoo
Let's use this SCOPA Yahoo Group and our involvement in this upcoming
Feb 19 Forum to make sure it happens.
- Following are several notes about important and interesting events,
including Saturday's Forum. --Alvin
Subject: meeting Friday with Stan Hyland
Stan Hyland will arrive this afternoon. He is speaking tonight at
USF Bioscience auditorium at 7 PM.
Subject: THURSDAY -- Stan Hyland-Urban Anthropology and
Engaged Scholarship in Urban Community Building
A presentation by
Dr. Stan Hyland, Director of the School of Urban Affairs and Public
Policy, University of Memphis.
Thursday, February 17, 2005
Prof. Hyland has had extensive experience in linking university
resources with local activists and public officials involved with
planning and implementing neighborhood revitalization in Memphis. He
has developed a model system for utilizing research and data in
service to the needs of the larger community. His work has earned
him major awards, including the Praxis Award for applied
anthropology, the Harold Love Outstanding Community Involvement
Award, and a HUD Best Practices Award for his project "Memphis
Maps." His presentation will examine the meaning of "engaged
scholarship" and offer a discussion of how the work he has done in
Memphis might be applicable to community researchers at USF.
Sponsored by the USF Collaborative for Children, Families &
Communities; USF CAS Community Initiative; USF Dept. of Anthropology.
*Bio-science auditorium, located west of Admin adjacent to the Bio-
The planning committee (for Saturday's Forum) will meet tomorrow
(Friday) at Kid Mason Center, 1101 N. Jefferson, 10 AM. Stan Hyland
will attend the meeting. The work that he has done in Memphis,
especially the role of the University of Memphis in coordinating
useful information and research, offers a model for the kind of
ongoing partnerships we hope will develop from the forum.
AGENDA for the Planning Meeting
I. Review of final agenda/program for the forum
II. Subcommittee reports: arrangements; research/information;
publicity; follow up
III. Stan's role and ideas for follow up
THE FORUM ITSELF is on SATURDAY:
USF Collaborative for Children, Families, & Communities
Neighborhoods & Communities Working Group
What: A community meeting to discuss the potential impacts of
redevelopment and relocation when Central Park Village is
When: Saturday January ??, 2004
11:00 am 2:00 pm
Where: Kid Mason Center
1101 N Jefferson Avenue
Tampa, FL 33602
Agenda Welcome & Introduction 11:00-11:15 am
Central Park redevelopment;
issues and possible impacts 11:15-12:00 pm
In the above period, USF researchers will briefly outline possible
impacts on services, transportation, job and school continuity,
health care access, business transitions, housing availability, etc.
Actual list and sequence of topics remains to be determined.
Lunch 12:00-1:00 pm
Lunch will provide a chance for participants to
talk informally about issues and thoughts about solutions to
potential problems. Tables will be identified with particular issue
areas to facilitate common interests.
Break-out & Reporting 1:00-2:00 pm
This will be a small group discussion based on
issue area interests, who will talk about past experiences and
possible solutions for about 20 minutes. The last half hour will
involve group reports and plans for follow up.
The above is a reconstruction of what was planned; these ideas are
subject to change.
- Hey, SCOPA members! The Central Park Area Community Forum on
Saturday was a great event. I honestly believe it was the beginning
of a long-term positive dialogue among public agency "bureaucrats,"
nonprofit representatives, and residents. It will make for much
improved neighborhood development, not just for Central Park Village
and its environs but for a much wider area, perhaps all of Tampa and
Hillsborough County. And, what makes me proud is that
anthropologists from USF and SCOPA played leadership, generative, and
Memphis anthropologist Stan Hyland, whom Susan Greenbaum had invited
in as one already experienced in this kind of effort, did a marvelous
job of helping to ease the relations among these separate players.
He uses a metaphor that has the community residents using a three-
legged stool to boost their own capabilities, the legs being the
public bureaucrats, the academic scholars, and the nonprofit service
agencies. The relationships among all these components represent a
knowledge base that, in each neighborhood, can be used to increase
the quality of life for all the participants.
New technologies, electronic databases and geographic information
systems, make it possible to recognize the community assets, in
neighborhoods targeted for rehabilitation or destruction and for
neighborhoods into which relocated households might move.
Recording those community assets alone is not an end in itself. It
is important disseminate the information to those who will use it, to
the residents themselves who must decide what options they can
exercise should they stay or should they leave, should they fight
for their own neighborhood or should they elect to move out and if so
Dr. Hyland described the efforts they have made, and are still
making, in Memphis to collect and disseminate such valuable
information to residents. They tried establishing resource centers
in local neighborhoods, but nobody came. They tried information
kiosks spread widely in neighborhoods, again with disappointing
results. Now they are trying to work through the middle schools,
combining the ideas that children are adept at electronic
communication, and children are connected to families that need all
the kinds of information that are in this knowledge base that is
being developed by public agencies, nonprofit agencies and academic
I am just giving you some of my informal reactions to the Forum.
Hopefully other SCOPA members will add their comments via this SCOPA
YahooGroup. And, later, I hope the official recorders of the forum
will share their more full and more formal records with us through
this SCOPA YahooGroup. Finally, I hope that our anthropological
input continues at a high level.