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Sunday Discussion: The Electronic Afterlife / Gentrification Without the Negative

Geek Alabama Discussion

On this Sunday Discussion, I present two video for you to watch, and think about.  The first video from the Vimeo channel  reveals where your old electronics go after you throw them away.  Because of strict laws in the United States, old electronics go to Africa and the country of Ghana. The dump is called Agbogbloshie, and it’s the world’s largest e-waste dump.  Boys and young men burn the electronics to get the valuable metals in them, and sadly, most die in their 20’s.  If you want to donate your old electronics properly, click the link!  http://gizmogul.com/DONATE/

The second video from  features a neighborhood in Columbus, Ohio that is largely vacant.  The Franklinton neighborhood might feature less people, but one group of people did something great!   In 2011, an arts group moved into an abandoned factory in the area to create 400 West Rich Street, a community that now leases space to woodworkers, performance artists, a coffee shop, painters, sculptors, and others.  This short documentary considers the artists who work in 400 West Rich Street, why the space attracted them, and what it means for revitalization of the neighborhood.  Enjoy!