Five year old describes urban renewal

I was talking to my son about a conversation the Cedar Park Neighbors are sponsoring, a conversation designed to elicit community thoughts on what Baltimore Avenue might look like in the future. I mentioned it to him because it’s been politicized, as some folks apparently felt threatened by the potential of a process where stakeholders might discuss the future of the Avenue. It’s hard to explain fifty years of class struggle and racial politics, but before I could begin, my son declared:

“Dad, it’s pretty easy: first, you rebuild the houses. Then, you get some people to move in.”

further evidence of why five-year olds rule. Reminded me of this recent essay at the NYRB about children’s imaginations and their moral development.

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