Monday, April 22, 2024

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Neighbourhood – layers of memory

SURRY HILLS: I walked past the window on Bourke Street and the image immediately caught my eye. There was a set of eyes peering at me from a frame and beneath that some squiggly, colourful, abstract designs. It was a pop-up piece of art in a shop window.

The fragility of the neighbourhood

These days we often talk about the importance of a resilient neighbourhood. There is a “resilient city” global network which Sydney is a part of that keeps cities accountable to becoming sustainable. This network exists to help keep neighbourhoods connected and strong. But what I’ve been reflecting on lately is about the fragility of the neighbourhood.

Sovereignty, security and dignity

Israel and Palestine have grappled with enduring territorial disputes and complex geopolitical tensions across generations. Peacemakers insist the “side” we’re called to support isn’t exclusively pro-Israel or pro-Palestine, it’s “pro-solution”.