Linda D’Amico: The future of Madison as a public space
I am a neighbor of Madison School who attended the civic engagement forum to provide input for the re-use strategy. I noted a general consensus among participants that we all value the Madison building, playgrounds, gardens and city-block for public use. We praised our forefathers and foremothers who had the wisdom, resourcefulness and strength to construct Madison as a child-centered space for community cohesion.
As stewards of this public space, we have the opportunity to create a Resiliency Center where the well-being of our children, vulnerable groups and the natural world is prioritized. A public strategy contrasts with the privatization of public resources, which generally leads to increased inequality and social fragmentation. As we adapt to the challenges of the 21rst century, we must ensure our children and youth have a sense of belonging and connection to place. By preserving public space, we can design communities of well-being for the future.
Linda D’Amico, Winona