The city of Nashua, New Hampshire is making some major changes in my neighborhood. It has built a brand new park with garden swings and climbable rock sculptures, and it’s in the early stages of constructing a $64.5 million parkway to offer better access to and from the area. Also, the city plans to tear down the Bronstein Apartments, a public housing complex where 198 people live.
The Nashua Telegraph has been covering this story for months, trying to bring to light information on the plans, which city officials have not been quick to divulge. The paper is now planning a series about the project’s residents, the city’s plans and what would happen to people in the complex if it were demolished.
The project I’m seeking funding for would add an additional element to the Telegraph’s coverage. I’m a local blogger who writes about people in the neighborhood, in and out of the public housing complex. I would write a series of articles for the Telegraph that flesh out the relationship between Bronstein and the area around it, including photos in all stories and video with some. This will include: ·
I’ve written one story for the Telegraph to test out how we might work together (here). The Telegraph’s stories about Bronstein are collected here, and this is an example of a blog post I’ve done that touches on the topic.
This project is also a sort of pilot program testing how the Telegraph can incorporate more community voices into its coverage. It could lead to more joint efforts with local bloggers, local college students and others, broadening the way the newspaper interacts with the public.
I'm a freelance writer and former staff writer for the Worcester (Mass.) Business Journal and the Gardner (Mass.) News. I blog about the neighborhood where the Bronstein projects are located at http://open.salon.com/blog/livia_gershon.
I have a strong interest in class, labor and work and in telling personal stories of ordinary people.
The budget for this project is $2,000 for 20 interconnected stories including photos, video and text. The Telegraph has agreed to pay for half of this, and I’m seeking the other $1,000 from Spot.us supporters.