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Tre Borden helped create the Portal and is working with people on the Bright Underbelly for the Farmers Market at the W-X freeway. Borden says he is a “placemaker,” someone who helps shape dynamic public spaces that transform where we reside into where we live.
Tre Borden helped create the Portal and is working with people on the Bright Underbelly for the Farmers Market at the W-X freeway. Borden says he is a “placemaker,” someone who helps shape dynamic public spaces that transform where we reside into where we live. pkitagaki@sacbee.com

Last Sunday, Tre Borden wrote about innovators and young creatives who are changing the face of Sacramento, and how the process of bringing projects to fruition needs to change (“On a mission to make a great ‘Place’ ; Forum, Oct. 11). We asked: How do we bring together young innovators and experienced civic leaders to help Sacramento reach its full potential?

James Di Filippo – Hold a reoccurring contest with real incentives to enter. Encourage young people to form teams and submit pre-proposals for an innovative program. Once teams have formed, join them with a relevant civic leader and provide limited funding to develop the proposal. Assign a panel to review the proposals; award a winning team a cash prize and funding to support the implementation of their proposal.

Brass Deb – Incorporate the imagination of youth and their endless energy, their passions and their drive. Find out what motivates them to live and invest in the capital of California and to innovate in these times.

Vanessa Hernandez – This sounds great and all, but how are we going to address the extreme pockets of poverty and homelessness that are also part of Sacramento’s identity?

Adalberto Flores – I’d like to be able to walk down the street and believe that Sacramento has some kind of mental health treatment and drug rehabilitation available. But no, let’s focus on bringing in an arena and luxury apartment buildings and hope the rest of the issues somehow get handled. … Real city issues aren’t handled by social media marketers.

HOF-Hall of Fame – Connect the visions of the youth, particularly the ones who have the courage to try something new, fail, pick back up and try again until the vision becomes a reality. Connect them with experienced civil leaders who have the knowledge and resources to do progressive things for the city. We, HOF, represent a majority of that youth in Sacramento, and we can be used as a connector.

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