From the very beginning of my research, I have been interested in sustainability and what it means to be sustainable. I was previously partial to environmental sustainability but came to the realization that understanding social sustainability is a more relevant and important topic for the Northside at this time. When a neighborhood is socially sustainable, they are investing in the next generation, building sincere relationships founded on trust, are adaptable, and have networks with civil society organizations such as schools, churches and businesses. Saffron Woodcraft defines social sustainability as, “a process for creating sustainable, successful places that promote well-being by understanding what people need from the places in which they live and work” (Woodcraft 2015, 133). Being an outsider to the Northside neighborhood, my initial question was can being socially sustainable coexist with social inequality?
Seddelmeyer, Helen S., "Situating Social Sustainability on Spartanburg’s Northside: An Engaged Neighborhood Study of Community, History, and Place Making" (2019). Community Based Research. 2.