If it takes a village to raise a child, what’s it take to raise a village? The truest cultivation of a community resides in its growth and care in the service of its people by its people.
In Part 1 of Dark Rye’s Cultivate Issue, we’ll meet a small handful of people who channel all their efforts toward the cultivation of their communities.
People like Jeffrey Schwartz of Broad Community Connections, an organization committed to revitalizing New Orleans’ Broad Street Quarter.
The Improbable City
The back swamps along the banks of the Mississippi River are an unlikely place for a city to take root and thrive, but that’s exactly what New Orleans did on its way to becoming one of America’s most unique cities.
Since its devastation by Katrina in 2005, New Orleans continues to rail against its own improbability with the help of people like Jeffrey Schwartz and his organization, Broad Community Connections.
Looking to mediate the gap between traditional development and the community, Schwartz seeks to restore the Broad Street corridor to the former cultural vitality of its heyday when backstreet musicians and second lines roamed through a vibrant city that lived.
Open up Part 1 of Dark Rye’s Cultivate Issue for more: an innovative form of property maintenance that uses goats — yes, goats — and take a brief look at the history of music in New Orleans. Come along. Acquire. Develop. Cultivate.
Dark Rye is an online magazine from Whole Foods Market that explores the realms of food, health, sustainability, design, technology and social enterprise. Get fresh insight from our mixtape of stories, recipes, creative projects and people — pioneers of unconventional who explore the edges of a creative life.