Community Forge: How to buy a 45000 sqft elementary school

Session(s):  January 2018, NYC
Saturday, January 27, 2018 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm


The population of WIlkinsburg, PA has been shrinking since the 1940 census.  Because of this, many old, giant, beautiful pieces of public infrastructure are being turned sadly into storage units sat on by developers until gentrification turns them into luxury condos.  Me and a ragtag team of graduate student friends bought and renovated an enormous elementary school and are turning it into a vibrant community center/shared space for local non-profits and artist communities, with an end-game of cooperativizing the entire building.  Come hear stories of financing, acquiring state property, learning with and from the community, and renovating a 100 year old space.


Class involvement

Patrick Cooper's picture Patrick CooperProposed, Facilitating
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