David Sloan Wilson, Evolution and Binghamton
David Sloan Wilson, Evolution and Binghamton.....................what do those three things have in common? Wilson, an evolutionary biologist, believes that Darwin's theory holds the key to neighborhood revitalization. He outlines his own theory in his book, The Neighborhood Project: Using Evolution to Improve My City, One block at a Time.
Citing that communities need to have a strong group identity and that they also need to take charge of their own management, he gives hands-on ideas on how to do that in our own communites. Wilson resides on the city's Southside where a group, in conjunction with Binghamton University, is doing just that. Read about the Binghamton Neighborhood Project to find out what changes are going on in Binghamton.
Wilson also believes that REALTORS are in an excellent position to initiate this type of revitalization. They are keenly aware of the subtle differences and unique idiosyncrasies of their local neighborhoods. They know where the vacant lots are, how to transform dreary exteriors into those with great curb appeal and how to rally volunteers.
Binghamton is not the only city in need of this type of grass roots effort. Read his book to find out how you can effect change in your own community.