We Are Vital

The idea that neighbors can be the best human resource is one We Are Vital hopes to preserve and celebrate.

Dreamer Running and Ronnie Long. Goodhue and D streets. Near South, Lincoln, Neb., June 21, 2016.

Dreamer Running and Ronnie Long. Goodhue and D streets. Near South, Lincoln, Neb., June 21, 2016.

BY JACOB ZLOMKE | THE NEW TERRITORY ISSUE 02

On a Sunday in early March, afternoon sun cuts through bare tree branches onto Lincoln, Nebraska’s 14th Street.

Amanda Huckins, a 29 year-old part-time paraeducator and on-and-off resident of Lincoln’s Everett neighborhood for ten years, sits on an old, saggy couch at the Commons, a community space she helped open in 2014. She’s here to meet with We Are Vital, a group she helped found. They will discuss proposed developments in the neighborhood and how residents, especially renters, might help guide such decisions.

A self-described anticapitalist, Huckins doesn’t own a car. Walking is the way by which she knows her neighborhood and also how she came into her current activist role.

“The people you see when you’re walking around because they live where you live, the strangers you are most likely to meet, feels like what a neighborhood is,” Huckins says.

The idea that neighbors can be the best human resource is one We Are Vital hopes to preserve and celebrate.

 


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