Name: Alexa Labadie
What is your Relationship to the BCD?
I live right on the cusp of the Central District and as a freelancer, I’m constantly commuting all around the city (which means a lot through the BCD. I’m also serving as the Marketing and Events Consultant for the BCD Initiative.
What’s the one piece of advice you would give the BCD if it were a person?
Hmm - that’s an interesting one. I think I would tell it to not give up OR give into pressure to become someone it doesn’t want or need to become. I guess this is when I sit the BCD down and explain that just because what their friends, East and West, have done seems like the only option, the BCD can follow its own path and stick up for its own community and future. Did I have this conversation with my parents when I was a teenager? Maybe…
What’s your hope for the BCD as it redevelops?
I think it would be incredible to see changes in the BCD made with accessibility and inclusivity in mind. From fostering connectivity between East and West through safer streets that are more pedestrian/bike commuter-friendly to creating public spaces meant to welcome people of all backgrounds, I would just love to see what the BCD would look like if human-centered design was the foundation.
How would you like to be remembered?
I’d like to be remembered as a community member who cared and who acted upon that care. We all would like lots of changes on a local, national, and global scale. It can be overwhelming to even consider how your efforts best serve your community (no matter the scale), but I hope diving into conversations and projects like those concerned with the future of our city serve our community well.