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Putting Partnership Before Protest | Carla Lewis-Miles | TEDxUF

In her talk, Carla Lewis-Miles uses an antidote from her childhood to help her community create dialogue and ease historical tensions between African American Communities and the University of Florida located in her hometown of Gainesville. Carla suggests moving past current protests over luxury student housing in distressed neighborhoods towards partnership with the University of Florida instead. Carla implores the University of Florida, local governments and community organizations to create a collaborative model of development that can set an example for other college towns experiencing gentrification. Carla Lewis-Miles, a Gainesville native, is a community activist who is dedicated to finding solutions to addressing the plight of underserved communities at risk for gentrification. Previously a nurse, Miles left the field after realizing that our communities are under attack by predatory developers, unfair development practices and a lack of protective city policies. She works closely with local, state, and national leaders to develop policies to protect citizens and promote healthy and equitable community development. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx

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