The story of Tottenville
—once a vibrant farming, oystering, shipbuilding, and tourism community
at New York City's southernmost tip and later the home to small factories
—is a lot like the story of so many forgotten communities across America.
They are towns that have lost stable, skilled, well-paying local jobs
and the network of interrelated small- to medium-sized enterprises that once
provided them. Young talent is leaving them for opportunities elsewhere.
Community ties are eroding and knowledge sharing networks are
breaking down. Village centers have been replaced by strip malls.
We continue to neglect communities like Tottenville at our peril.
We believe that the only way to regenerate the Tottenvilles of America
is to rebuild their local learning and skill-building networks
and by tapping into their unique, place-based assets.
Here are some projects we are beginning to explore in Tottenville.
Please let us know if you have ideas to share with us about them.