There’s a law of inverse when it comes to the Chicago Bulls and Germane Barnes (that’s me). The Chicago Bulls are my favorite professional basketball team and they were eliminated from the playoffs the same day as we presented Made in Opa-locka to a public art committee in downtown Miami.
The OLCDC received a large National Endowment of the Arts Our Town Grant to infuse the arts into a distressed neighborhood, to redevelop and restore it. That neighborhood obtained the moniker, The Triangle, for its triangular street orientation. (Read more about the history of the Triangle and Opa-locka here.) Over 200 teams submitted qualifications and 13 finalists were asked to present before and a distinguished design panel in May of 2012. As one of the finalists, our team presented a strategy for turning abandoned homes into community-focused civic spaces and creating micro-businesses alongside existing single-family residences.
Whenever something great happens for me, something terrible happens for my sports teams. Needless to say this inverse property of good/bad luck can be painful to an avid sports aficionado. A silver lining, I suppose.
The good news—our project was selected and I get to move to Miami.
– Germane Barnes