She had had enough of hearing her community spoken about in offensive ways by well- (and not-so-well-) meaning planners and advocates, enough of giving 110 percent of herself only to realize a fraction of what she put forward was being seen as having value, enough of how disinterested those with power over what happened in marginalized communities remained in the larger picture, and enough of being tokenized.
In many historically marginalized urban neighborhoods, decades of disenfranchisement and the repressive policing that accompanied it created great insecurity in the public space and, over time, eroded bonds of social trust between neighbors. With the public space essentially rendered off limits for too many, community had to be nurtured in private spaces.
Autonomous vehicles and other emerging technologies are just one more landscape into which community stories can and should be woven. And rather than wait to have to adapt their complex realities to technology that was not made for them or with their needs in mind, artist Ben Caldwell tells me, there is a unique opportunity for communities of color to leave a significant mark.