​Page 3 News

Gilbert-Mosley Clean Up Revisited

Map 1
Court Ruling

Other Toxic Sites

Tech-Aire & Others
Chapin Landfill
Arkansas River

Mark Your Calendar....

Want to provide your input on ways to enhance the quality of life in District III. Councilman James Clendenin would like District III  input on how, they would like to see a portion of the Hyatt funds utilized.
When: Saturday, May 6

This event quite well, I want to thank all those that  attended. This should be interesting on the selection process. More to come...

New Project Idea To Be Announced At The
Next Association Meetings! Details & Drawings Will Be Posted Here

As mentioned in another article, I have decided to find another location for the outdoor amphitheater originally plotted for Chapin Park. The Architects felt it would not get approved because of the KDHE position on any heavy construction at the site, and traffic. This site warrants redevelopment after being a landfill and natural gas off problem. My backup plan was creating a community solar garden on a portion of the site (not to effect anything currently there) and allow the community to benefit from a problem to a solution. As the project moves forward, a community discussion will follow to weigh in on the proposal. ~W.A.STOFER
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From ku.edu

Social planning is the process by which policymakers - legislators, government agencies, planners, and, often, funders - try to solve community problems or improve conditions in the community by devising and implementing policies intended to have certain results.  These policies may take the form of laws, regulations, incentives, media campaigns, programs or services, information - a wide range of possibilities.  A community or state Board of Health that adopts a regulation banning smoking in particular places, for example, is trying both to protect the public from second-hand smoke and to reduce smoking in general.
There is a long history in the U.S. and elsewhere of social planning. Traditionally, this has meant that policymakers decided what they thought was good for a community or a population, and imposed policy that was meant to bring about the results they wanted.  At best, this has meant programs that benefited large numbers of people - Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal, Head Start, various public health programs.  At worst, social planning has been used largely for the benefit - economic or political - of the policymakers and their friends and supporters.
Social planning, however, doesn't have to take a wholly top-down form.  Starting in the 1960's, many social programs carried requirements for community participation in planning and implementing programs and initiatives. (The Model Cities Program, a cornerstone of Lyndon Johnson's War on Poverty, is a prime example.) While these requirements were often honored more in the breach than in the observance, they acknowledged that social initiatives work better, and generate better policy, when those affected by them are involved in creating them.
Top-down planning, though well-meaning, may fail to take into account the realities of the situation it is addressing. This failure can stem from:
Ignorance of the community, and of the fact that what works in one community may not work in another. Community social patterns, history (especially past attempts to deal with the issue in question), or economics may work, individually or in combination, to create a unique situation. That situation has to be understood before the creation of successful policy can follow.
Ignorance of the lives of those at whom the plan is aimed. The cultural assumptions of immigrant groups, or those from particular ethnic or racial backgrounds, may be totally foreign to those engaged in planning for them.  Even if the division between the policymakers and the population at whom their policies are aimed is solely economic, there may be vast differences in the ways they see the world, as well as vast differences in the worlds they inhabit. If policymakers don't understand the culture and assumptions - and real needs - of the people they hope to affect, their policies are doomed to fail.
Unintended consequences that are not apparent initially.  Sometimes, a plan or policy that seems positive on its face has results that are profoundly negative. The public housing complexes erected in the U.S. after World War II were meant to be clean, safe, comfortable residences for low-income citizens.  Instead, their institutional character and isolation from the mainstream life of their communities bred alienation and despair in their residents, and led to crime and horrible living conditions. For more information visit: http://ctb.ku.edu/en/table-of-contents/assessment/promotion-strategies/social-planning-policy-change/main

Special Books Placed At D3Voice Participating Locations



         The Original Book & Art Box
2234 S. Topeka

Fisch Haus Box (No Art)
524 S. Commerce

Two Other Boxes Vandalised
Looking To Replace Them

Placed 5-18

                    Placed on 5-15

War Housing in Wichita
Planeview and Hilltop


Free Historical
Wichita Tour App

To better support our efforts in tourism and local history, I created the first historical Wichita mobile app. When I get permission from all parties concerned, I will release the full version which features all residential and commercial sites. GPS guidance will guide visitors street by street to see these sites. The app will feature then and now for those curious about how the area or structure has changed. Final release will be announced soon.
Many structures are in District 3!



  As an activist in District 3, I work with many great people, and my activism centers around improving the community and promoting the features, history and local business. I have been monitoring and trying to improve our ecosystem in the southeast part of the city. We have many ongoing environmental issues in this part of town, but I try not to get discouraged by all that I have to deal with in seeking development and redevelopment of our problem properties. I mention these issues, not as a complaint, but as an opportunity to turn things around and make the south end prosperous again. D3Voice.org is my group that seeks volunteers to help with my cleanup projects and volunteers that help search for solutions to the needs of the community.
  Since 1983 I have been fighting for prosperity and battling issues that effect residence of the city and my district. My property value does not increase, the air and water are not improving, taxes and utility cost continue to rise. Now enough about the problems, let's focus on solutions! Here is a brief breakdown of my efforts this quarter.

Chapin Park Amphitheater/ now a solar garden project
Entrepreneur Park in South Wichita
New site selection for Amphitheater
Public monitoring of active and non active super-sites
District development organization
Local business and historical campaign
Blight control committee set up through MABCD
Neighborhood Assoc. promotion campaign
Corridor improvement and redevelopment
Community Garden assistance and outdoor markets for food deprived areas in the community
Migrating the art district to include District 3 and promotion of outdoor entertainment in District 3
Closing problem alleys
Reopening the wells paid for my city incentive projects
Promoting free libraries and blessing boxes
D3Voice info news letter and website
Historical Wichita Mobile app.
Assisting various action organizations in the District
Promoting small business and trying to get small shops reopened

Help Me To Encourage These Folks To Set Up A 
Permanent Home In District 3

Kind Kravings likely won’t participate in events and food truck rallies in the near future. They don’t have a generator to run the massive truck and need to be someplace they can plug in, like the Pop-Up Park.
Their long-term goal is to find a plot of land to park the bus permanently and grow their own produce in a garden outside.
“It wasn’t going to be worth our investment to put any more into what we had because we were already limited on space and we were growing so quickly,” Collins said. “So it was just like the universe pushing us in this direction.”
Read more here: http://www.kansas.com/entertainment/restaurants/dining-with-denise-neil/article141578224.html#storylink=cpy

Ideas For Vacant lot Treatments

Vacant Lot Treatments

    These are but a few of the ideas for blighted properties. I'm currently working with a local group to bring pop-up farmers' markets to the district and with the help of Wichita Area Sustainability Initiative we are creating Aquaponics systems for home and community. This would reduce food deserts in the Wichita area. Along with the editable food plot project, I have been working with community grown ancient grain plots for the growing of Amaranth and Einkorn to be sold to local brewers and artisian bread makers. As we progress in this effort I will update this blog.