This week I got a small taste of what it must be like to be a politician. Councilman Samuels is under pressure from his constituents to renovate the oldest park in Richmond which happens to be in the middle of the city. The park is frequented by VCU students and area residents but is best known for the homeless individuals who hang out there. In my post “Listening to the Homeless in Monroe Park”, I shared the insights of many who call the park home.
Thursday, I addressed a crowd gathered to discuss the issue of the parks closing. My intent was to share the insights of the homeless; to look at the issue through their eyes. However, it was obvious that many people in the room came with their own agenda.