By Eve Picker
I’m on another flight today. This time to Chicago. I’m participating in a “salon” hosted by artist Theaster Gates and the University of Chicago’s PlaceLab. It’s part of the “Nine Principles of Ethical Redevelopment” series, a year-long convening of urban thinkers, leaders and practitioners that are dedicated to making “the case for mindful city-building.” I’m really honored to be considered one of them.
I’ve never seen a distinction between “city-building” and “mindful city-building.” Whether rehabbing buildings in East Liberty or downtown Pittsburgh, or bringing a new housing type to Garfield, my projects have always aimed to (re)vitalize neighborhoods and to give those neighborhoods buildings they can be proud of and build on. Those same projects lead me to launch Small Change, the real estate crowdfunding portal that you’ve landed on. We connect investors to developers undertaking transformational real estate projects. We want to help fund all of those wonderful, game-changing projects that every neighborhood and city needs. And we want to offer everyone the opportunity to invest and participate in the (re)development of the cities and neighborhoods they love.
I’ll be back in Chicago again many times this year. On September 29th, I will be participating in RealCap Chicago, a one-day crowdfunding conference that brings together leaders and newcomers, developers and investors alike to network and explore the expanding industry of real estate crowdfunding. Just like the PlaceLab salons, it’s sure to be an event focused on making a “mindful” case: this time, for investment. Want to join me there?