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for Charlotte Magazine Vol. 23 Issue 2, February 2018
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An interview with a former Clinton and Obama administrations housing official revealed a perception balancing optimism and realism. He suggests cities can generate progress through initiatives such as infrastructure growth from a responsible management of public assets. Progress can be assured in cities, he believes, by investing in these areas: innovation, infrastructure, and inclusion. As for the growing urban-rural divide, Katz proposes it can be overcome by intermediaries between what he called the core city and rural periphery.
What the author called “the silver tsunami” is increasingly evident in town and metros alike, from factors such as baby boomers entering retirement. Addressing elderly-specific issues is church programs focusing on topics like dementia. Helping to improve the quality of life for impoverished elders is government programs such as Centralina Area Agency on Aging, which helps with needs like transportation. Along with church and government programs there is the Meck 60+ project, a needs assessment study calibrating the number of elderly individuals and the extent of issues and needs related to aging.
The golden years, traditionally a time to engage in activities like traveling, is increasingly being defined by today’s elderly by volunteering in nonprofit agencies like ourBRIDGE. Through this volunteer opportunity, a bridge has been built between two gaps. One is elderly needing to make the most of their golden years and children of immigrants and refugees needing afterschool and summer programs. The second is the senior citizen population at Aldersgate, a retirement community in east Charlotte and the nearby immigrant population.
The town’s prosperity rests to an extent on an industry part of its foundation since the late 1800s: furniture. Attesting its enduring importance is furniture companies such as Hickory Furniture Mart and individuals such as Alex Shuford III, whose great grandfather founded Century Furniture. Filling the occupational gap left by furniture companies outsourced include industries such as transportation, which have helped to recuperate the economy. From this, city leaders are hopeful that younger generations such Millennials will continue to live and work in Hickory.
The last has not been seen of rose gardens or libraries, the author suggested. Graff’s reminder for both is Sunnyside Rose Garden, one with local historical relevance and found out more about with the help of librarians. Another truth discovered at the main library in uptown Charlotte: the greater relevance of libraries to millennials in comparison to Generation X and baby boomers. As for libraries’ importance to the homeless, unemployed, and politicians, the author considered their access to warmth, internet, and information about past public servants’ faux pas.