RE: [SCOPA] LPO News for the SfAA Newsletter
RE: [SCOPA] LPO News for the SfAA NewsletterAlso relevant is the fact that Greenbaum, Ward, and Harold Keller (in COE) have recently gotten a grant from the USF Collaborative, in partnership with the two agencies in Michele's email, to continue the Central Avenue/Park impact assessment. The developer will be selected in a few weeks. At that point we will be there to help. We hope that SCOPA will be actively involved.
From: SCOPA@yahoogroups.com on behalf of Michele Ogilvie
Sent: Wed 7/13/2005 12:29 PM
Subject: RE: [SCOPA] LPO News for the SfAA Newsletter
Dr. Wolfe, excellent newsletter article- may I suggest if it is not too
late, that mention of the other organizations would really enrich the
article. That would include the Housing Authority, city of Tampa and
Planning Commission. Thank you for your continued championing of
Anthropology in action! Peace.
From: SCOPA@yahoogroups.com [mailto:SCOPA@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of
Alvin W. Wolfe
Sent: Tuesday, July 12, 2005 5:36 PM
Subject: [SCOPA] LPO News for the SfAA Newsletter
If nobody objects, I will send in the following SCOPA Notes:
LPO News for the SfAA Newsletter:
SCOPA (Sun Coast Organization of Practicing Anthropology)
Following up on the report in the January 2005 SfAA Newsletter about
the joint SCOPA-AntConn-USF-Collaborative-Task-Group-on-Neighborhoods-
and-Communities activities, it should be said that SCOPA continues to
collaborate with those other organizations interested in encouraging
public authorities to do proper community impact assessments of any
development or re-development projects.
We are concerned that nothing like that has been done for the
projects being contemplated to replace Central Park Village in
Tampa. An April 29, 2005, joint City of Tampa and Tampa Housing
Authority "Request for Qualification" sent to developers made no
mention of social impact assessment even though the project will
uproot hundreds of families, sending many into other neighborhoods
where impacts will be felt as well. SCOPA anthropologists, and
University anthropologists as well, are trying to encourage the
authorities to do a better job of planning.
On the subject of social impact assessment, it is worth mentioning
that one of SCOPA's most active early members, the late Picot Floyd,
who earned his Ph.D. in applied anthropology at the University of
South Florida in 1988, was responsible for initiating the first
municipal ordinance to require "community impact assessment" for
almost any development in the city of Clearwater, a small city
adjacent to Tampa. In the late 1970s, Floyd received many accolades
for his innovativeness and his forward-looking initiatives as City
Manager. But it seems strange, doesn't it, that almost thirty years
later another generation of anthropologists still has to be pleading
for public authorities to recognize the value of social impact
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- I managed to insert the suggestions of Michelle Ogilvie and Dr.
Greenbaum before I sent it off. Why had we not heard earlier about the
Greenbaum, Ward and Keller grant? That would have been good news for
this SCOPA YahooGroup, and for all those interested in Central Avenue.
Are there other relevant items that would be helpful to all?