#WeLiveHere2017 began with the belief that putting a human face to public housing is vital to encourage compassion, action, and resistance to the rapid urban change in Waterloo, Sydney. Late last year this project took on a new significance when the state government announced their intent to demolish and redevelop Waterloo’s high-rise towers and surrounding public housing. This involves displacing over 4500 elderly, disabled, and low-income people who live here. We aim to document the stories of a place so many people call home, an important place, a life line, a place dubbed ‘utopia’ when it was built just 40 years ago.
Waterloo's postcode is 2017 and by mid 2017, many of the residents that have lived here for most of their lives will be moved to make way for the gentrification of their suburb. A socially diverse, dynamic, inner city community with an important cultural heritage will be changed forever. Good, bad, indifferent? Have your say with #WeLiveHere2017.
What we're doing:
Opinion hub: We've made a platform to capture your ideas and concerns about the redevelopment plans for Waterloo.
Documentary: We are making a documentary that explores and celebrates our neighbourhood stories. We are also working with Matavai and Turanga Towers to create a community-powered light sculpture in 2017.
Light project: Five hundred residents will be given a coloured mood light for their window to express how they feel about the changes before relocations begin.