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Here Comes the Sun

Here Comes the Sun

Socio-economic policy and practice in communities, from the coal mining towns of Appalachia to the neighborhoods of Miami-Dade County, have a tendency to reject the notion that value is inherent and worthy of investment. The idea of ‘added value’ is usually not based on a thorough assessment of available assets existing within a community but, rather, the idea tends to follow a particular line of reasoning that is detached from the lived histories and experiences of people in places. It is the absence of ‘seeing value’ that has had the greatest amount of impact on the ‘American idea’ since Pope Alexander VI issued the Papal Bull “Inter Caetera” in 1493.