Voices of Potrero, 2015–2016
Public installation, digital, and print campaign designed to inform Potrero Hill's severe income gap
This structural, digital, and print campaign is designed to inform Potrero Hill's more affluent residents of the poor conditions of the nearby public housing and what they can do to help the district's income gap. Residents of Potrero Terrace public housing have volunteered to reveal their harsh conditions within their homes.
The exhibition would begin on 16th Street and make its way to Missouri Street. Each block would have a pylon revealing the stories that occurred in the public housing community. Between 18th and 19th Street would be where individuals could find more information on how they can take action.
Voices on the Pylons
Each pylon along Missouri and 16th Street displays the voices of residents in public housing and their thoughts on the local crime, poor conditions, and the clear divide between two communities.
* Inspired by posts on Nextdoor, Voices of Potrero aims to generate awareness and empathy from affluent residents of Potrero Hill towards those living in the nearby public housing.
Discussion & Change
The 18th street discussion pylon is where we imagine residents and visitors of this neighborhood would come and learn exactly what each community struggles and challenges are and how each person can help.
REFLECTION / LESSONS LEARNED
This project opened my eyes to the disparity gap between residents with high verses low income and how that difference affect the treatment of their homes within their communities.
If given the opportunity and more time, I would want to learn more about resident's stories beyond what's provided on Nextdoor. I would start by interviewing residents on their current start of living in public housing. Research the battles they face and how landlords and neighboring communities are responding to them.
Interview current residents living in Public Housing
Document their current state of living with their units
Learn how their responding to the issues they face
Finds ways to supply them help where it's needed