No doubt, there’s plenty to criticize about the Occupy movement, especially this Atlanta bunch. The demand to City Hall to rename Woodruff Park Troy Davis Park boggles the mind. Still, don’t discount the message wholeheartedly.
Dobbins invoked a word often used by her husband, Michael Dobbins, a part-time Georgia Tech professor and former Atlanta commissioner of planning and development. He has suggested that urban planners steer clear of “solutionism,” to not approach a problem by searching for that one, tidy, definitive answer.
Yet it’s something our nation apparently craves — packaged platforms and agendas that settle what ails. And because of that, we want the Occupy movement to proffer plans and courses of action that could potentially resolve their worthy concerns. To be a well-run operative.
Perhaps that’s not its role.
“I am thrilled to see that young people have raised an issue that has been on everybody’s mind, to say that 99 percent of us are suffering and the rest are benefitting.” Dobbins told me. “We have been knowing this. As their movement spreads, maybe it will force the kind of political changes — at least in democracy — that relinquishes corporate control of the electoral process, and that will lead to tax reform. Hopefully, elected officials — and others responsible to a democratic constituency — will see that they need to do more. They are raising the issues.”
And in a democracy, there’s nothing wrong with that.