Binding Displacement was a youth-led action that took place on the corner of 1st and Boyle in direct response to Metro’s process allowing the developer of the site to do extremely limited outreach to the residents. The mixed use housing development was presented to the community as a final plan, without having consulted and done its due diligence with community members about what they may want to see or need from that property. Youth led a survey process through ribbons that asked students and passersby what they would want to see on the lot, who then wrote their answers on ribbons and tied them to the fence.
The action brought out representatives of Metro, City, County, and the developer’s office, and they all engaged in the process, providing their own responses for the artistic installation. This action was part of a larger effort to affect Metro’s policy pertaining to the amount of time that developers must plan for community outreach and engagement. It also serves as an example of the creative ways that they can engage with the public and meet the people impacted by these developments.