In previous posts, I have talked about power and what that power control can do in certain situations. With the question, who is able to carry on the history of a culture, our class came to a consensus that often it is that who is in power, because they have control over others and have the ability to get their way.
When applying this to the Seward neighborhood, I ask myself what power is held in the community and how that affects the neighborhood as a whole.
With the neighborhood being such a mixture of cultures, about 5/8 Whites and the rest an uneven number of Blacks, Asian, Hispanic, and others (According to city-data.com), I initially thought that there would be a large power struggle and search for the true identity of the neighborhood. Who would believe that a community with this mixture would be able to live in harmony around each other anyways, right?
I believe Seward to be the gem that defies all norms and has been able to surpass the stereotypical division of neighborhoods so diverse, but Seward has done just that, in my opinion.
I partially attribute this to the work done by the Seward Neighborhood Group. They have created an avenue for everyone living in Seward to live as one, eating, drinking, and visiting the same places in the neighborhood, thus the opportunities to truly get to know one another.
I also believe this was something that possibly was not created but actually helped initially build the neighborhood, as it started off and was created widely by immigrants in the first place.
But…is there really no higher power controlling the city what so ever?
I would be lying to you all if I said that there was no power being used what so ever, as everyone puts out power. I am saying that Seward has been able to create a community without the rulings of one person or group of people.
Some may say that the Seward Neighborhood Group may have some power, as I believe they do, but they are able to manifest this is a positive nature, to better the community rather than control it.
They are also able to maintain relationships between the different age groups that reside there. With the median age being 32 years old for males and 35 years old for females and an almost 50-50 gender ratio, there still is not a known power struggle between the people.
Its relation to other neighborhoods
Because of the lack of power struggle, it has lead to quite positive relationships with the surrounding neighborhoods. Had there been a problem with power, I believe that this might upset those neighborhoods and greatly change their views and relationship with Seward.
We often see rival communities when there are strong differences between the two, but the positive and constant relationship of Seward and also creates stability.
I viewed a YouTube video filmed by a Seward resident, covering the murders of 3 neighborhood residents in the community. In this video, it shows hundreds of people coming together to support Seward, but not all in the crowd were neighborhood residence.
A couple of quotes from the people in the crowd also led me to believe that they all see each other as one and when something happens to one of their own people, they all come together to support one another.
For the most part, the equality of the people helps in creating the regulation of power. Had they not been able to stabilize the upbeat and positive connection with each other and shared their love for Seward, power may have been present.
Seward neighborhood in minneapolis, minnesota (mn), 55404, 55406 detailed profile. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.city-data.com/neighborhood/Seward-Minneapolis-MN.html
Seward neighborhood group. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://sng.org/
UPTAKEVIDEO. (Director) (2010, Jan. 8). Two communities grieve 3 killed in a store 24 hrs earlier. YouTube. [Video podcast]. Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8JS0MK7zxZQ