Eric Burmeister, Executive Director, PCHTF, along with leaders of various Des Moines-based housing agencies, gave us an overview of their projects as we drove through Martin Luther King Jr. Park, Capitol Park, Capitol East, River Bend, Royal View Manor and Oakridge Neighborhoods. These neighborhoods are located in the poorest areas and make up the Urban Core of the City of Des Moines.
These neighborhoods house the most diverse section of society in Polk County. More than half of the residents are non-white. In comparison only one-tenth of Polk County residents are non-white. And, one of four residents speak a language other than English.
This excursion made a huge impact. I got to see what was actually going on in neighborhoods that I drive around, but have never really driven through and some of the challenges they face. The most valuable piece was the narration of several organizations associated with the PCHTF during the bus tour.
Takeaway: A lot has been done; but there is so much more to do…
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