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Proactivism: Help Make the Play-Doh

A person who truly cares never stops learning and being engaged. Activism is a driving force that spans a lifetime. Don’t give up on participation in civic action when one issue doesn’t turn out how you hoped.

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A black and white photo of the renderings of the outside of 46 Dodge. A blood splatter is overlayed.

46 Dodge: A Mysterious Disappearance

Originally announced to the neighborhood in February of 2019 by Garrison companies, 46 Dodge was to include 278 apartment units on five floors above a three-story parking garage. The new development would have required clearing eight aging structures on a 1.4-acre spot southwest of 46th and Dodge Streets.

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A black and white photo of the renderings of The Intersections campus, overlaid with a blood splatter.

The Intersections: Things That Go Bump In The Blight

In November 2021, Community Health Development Partners (CHDP) announced a plan for a 25-acre health and wellness campus called The Intersections. The development’s now-defunct website described it as “a place where opportunity, fun, and wellness come together for everyone.”

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black and white photo of Rick's Cafe Boatyard in Omaha overlayed with a blood spatter

Rick’s Cafe Boatyard: Night of the Living Bread

In 2001, a lone business submitted a plan to the City of Omaha to open a restaurant at Lewis and Clark Landing on the Missouri riverfront downtown. Rick’s Cafe Boatyard, under the ownership of Rick Albrecht, opened in November 2002. The city retained ownership of the redeveloped ASARCO lead refinery site at 325 Riverfront Drive, signing a comprehensive 30-year agreement to lease the property to the restaurateur.

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A black and white photo of the empty lot at 14th and Dodge Streets in downtown Omaha. The image is overlayed with a blood splatter.

A Liminal Space at 14th and Dodge

A liminal space represents the time between “what was” and “what’s next.” They are the waiting areas between one point in time and space and the next – a time of waiting and not knowing the future.

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