August 7, 2017
Every once in a while we in the preservation community can do with a pick me up; a preservation story where in spite of the challenges, people’s better nature prevails. And honestly that is the case with our guests this week, Matt Prince of Taco Bell, and Katie Rispoli Keaotamai of We Are The Next. With the support of Taco Bell, the local conservancy of Downey, California, and countless taco-loving citizens, Katie and Matt spearheaded the movement to save the building that was home to the very first Taco Bell. Stick around to hear how a few individuals and a corporate citizen who is willing to listen made national news. This is PreserveCast.
Katie Rispoli Keaotamai founded We Are the Next as a social justice and youth development organization that uses the historic resources of the region of Long Beach, California as an outdoor and all-around-you classroom. The organization’s programs focus around the simple goal — to empower the next generation to engage with their city so that their neighborhoods can thrive.