PARLOR TALK: CARLOS NIELBOCK
Feb
28
6:00 PM18:00

PARLOR TALK: CARLOS NIELBOCK

How do we create more opportunity for non-college bound young people in Detroit to connect to the city's economy as it revitalizes?

Join us in the parlor with artist & master craftsman Carlos Nielbock, founder of CAN Art Handworks, an architectural metalwork studio on Detroit's east side, where he has been recreating the artistry of Detroit's past for 30 years. Having not been inclined towards higher education himself, Neilbock benefited from opportunities to apply the skilled trades—and he wants to create these opportunities for others. Now he's working to build the foundation of a homegrown industry in green energy technology—with a focus on using the people & resources already within the city.

Watch a short video here. Follow the Facebook page here. Support the crowdfunding campaign here.

  • Hosted by Orlando Bailey
  • Locals & travelers welcome
  • Thanks to support from Knight Foundation

Photo: Sal Rodriguez, TBD Magazine

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PARLOR TALK: ASANDI CONNER
Mar
7
6:00 PM18:00

PARLOR TALK: ASANDI CONNER

"What about me?" Join us for a conversation with Asandi Conner about how to stop overlooking local talent and build leadership capacity for Detroiters of color.

Asandi Conner is Director of the Detroit Revitalization Fellows Program, which invites leaders, both local & national, to help stimulate progress within Detroit's civic, community & economic development landscape. A native Detroiter, Conner seeks out opportunities to engage with organizations that uplift her city and collaborate with diverse stakeholders to build a network of doers focused on Detroit's revitalization. 

  • Hosted by Orlando Bailey
  • Locals & travelers welcome
  • Thanks to support from Knight Foundation
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SOUTH BY SOUTHWEST
Mar
10
to Mar 13

SOUTH BY SOUTHWEST

  • 700 Trinity Street Austin, TX, 78701 United States (map)
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Head to Austin for SXSW? We hope to see you at:

May we recommend?

Our Consulate Correspondents will be roving to report out great ideas from Detroit, Philly & other cities. Follow us @urbanconsulate on Twitter & Instagram.

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PARLOR TALK: MARLOWE STOUDAMIRE
Mar
14
6:00 PM18:00

PARLOR TALK: MARLOWE STOUDAMIRE

"How can the power of relationships & social capital build a stronger city?"

Join us in the parlor with Marlowe Stoudamire of Butterfly Effect Detroit. He is passionate about creating shared experiences & building relationships to help individuals, businesses & communities leverage their value—and to bring diverse groups together across cultural & ideological lines. A native of Detroit and Cass Tech grad, Stoudamire has led community initiatives including The Detroit 67 Project and Mash Detroit, guest hosted American Black Journal on Detroit Public Television, and worked with Skillman Foundation and Henry Ford Health System. In 2013, he received the Marshall Memorial Fellowship through the German Marshall Fund of the United States to represent Detroit in transatlantic exchange. Most recently, he was selected for the 2018 Harvard Business School Young American Leaders Program.

  • Hosted by Orlando Bailey
  • Locals & travelers welcome
  • Thanks to support from Knight Foundation
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CITY LOBBY: HOW DO WE AMPLIFY PHILLY?
Mar
21
5:00 PM17:00

CITY LOBBY: HOW DO WE AMPLIFY PHILLY?

Following Philly's showing at SXSW, let's debrief. How did it go? What are other ways we can share the Philadelphia story around the world? Join us for a conversation with Amplify Philly about what they've learned & future opportunities to take the show on the road. 

  • Hosted by Michelle Freeman & Jermaine Jenkins
  • Locals & travelers welcome
  • Thanks to support from Knight Foundation
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PARLOR TALK: ALOK SHARMA
Mar
21
6:00 PM18:00

PARLOR TALK: ALOK SHARMA

"Detroit's Blowing it Again."

Join us in the parlor with entrepreneur and civic rebel rouser Alok Sharma, founder of Sharma Analytics, a technology management consultancy based at TechTown. As a longtime city booster, data analyst, trend trafficker & political wonk, Sharma has contributed to a number of civic campaigns, including Council by Districts, National Day of Civic Hacking, Detroit Startup Drinks, Detroit Synergy & more.

  • Hosted by Claire Nelson
  • Locals & travelers welcome
  • Thanks to support from Knight Foundation

 

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MLK50: DEATH OF A KING
Apr
4
6:00 PM18:00

MLK50: DEATH OF A KING

Fifty years ago—on April 4, 1968 at approximately 6:01pm CT—our nation’s greatest peacemaker was snatched by a sniper’s bullet at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis. That shot would reverberate throughout the world.

On April 4, 2018, the world will remember Dr. King's legacy with a 50th anniversary commemoration & moment of silence led by the National Civil Rights Museum. Join us in Detroit for "Death of a King: Timeline, Tribute & Task" led by Jeffrey Nolish, Orlando Bailey & friends to reflect on his work and look to the future.

Follow the #MLK50 conversations in Memphis here.

  • Hosted by Orlando Bailey
  • Locals & travelers welcome
  • Thanks to support from Knight Foundation
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ACCOMPLICES: A LOVE STORY
Feb
21
6:00 PM18:00

ACCOMPLICES: A LOVE STORY

"If I love you, I have to make you conscious of the things you don't see." -James Baldwin

Are you an accomplice for racial justice? Join us for an honest conversation led by Lauren Hood of Deep Dive Detroit with friends & colleagues Eric Thomas and Ned StaeblerHow has Ned risked his power & privilege? How has Eric helped Ned be more woke? Allies, what are you willing to give up—and what will you gain?

  • Hosted by Orlando Bailey
  • Locals & travelers welcome
  • Thanks to support from Knight Foundation
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CITY LOBBY: HELEN GYM
Feb
21
5:00 PM17:00

CITY LOBBY: HELEN GYM

Join us for a conversation with City Councilmember Helen Gym about her most daring ideas for Philadelphia. What should we dare to dream in 2018 to create a more just & equitable city for all? What bold urban ideas & initiatives excite her? Where can Philadelphia lead the national conversation about the future of cities?

All welcome. Bring your imagination & courage...

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WORKSHOP: COMMUNITY TRAUMA & HEALING
Feb
1
6:00 PM18:00

WORKSHOP: COMMUNITY TRAUMA & HEALING

Join us in the parlor for a special workshop titled “Community Building in the 21st Century: Exploring Trauma, Healing, and Inclusive Growth” led by visiting guest Michael O'Bryan of Philadelphia.

O'Bryan is an Urban Innovation Fellow at Drexel University's Lindy Institute and Director of Youth Programs at Village of Arts & Humanities in Philadelphia. He consults locally and nationally, exploring the intersections of trauma-informed practice and community well-being. Much of O'Bryan's work has centered on amplifying the voices of marginalized populations, touching the worlds of performance art and public health. In 2014, he was awarded “Child Advocate of The Year” by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, and Innovator of the Week in 2016 by Urban Innovation Exchange. In 2017, he was selected as an Emerging City Champion by Knight Foundation & 880 Cities and named one of the People Changing Philly.

  • Hosted by Orlando Bailey & Kayana Sessums
  • Free & open to the public
  • Thanks to support from Knight Foundation

 

 

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PARLOR TALK: TIFFANY BROWN
Jan
31
6:00 PM18:00

PARLOR TALK: TIFFANY BROWN

"How can we make sure people designing cities are representative of the places they serve?" Join us in the parlor for a conversation with Tiffany Brown of 400 Forward.

Earlier this year, the 400th African-American woman was licensed to be an architect in the United States. With over 110,000 registered architects, that makes .03 percent who are African-American Women.

Detroit architectural designer Tiffany Brown wants to change that. As creator of 400 Forward, a new Knight Arts winning program of Urban Arts Collective co-founded by Brown and two fellow designers from Detroit, she is working to build a more accessible road for the next generation, through multi-point contact starting at K-12 levels through licensure.

Born and raised in Detroit, Brown works for SmithGroupJJR, serves as Vice President of NOMA Detroit, and serves on the K-12 Working Group with The American Institute of Architects. She holds a M.Arch and MBA from Lawrence Tech, where she is also an adjunct professor.

Join us for a conversation about moving the needle.

  • Hosted by Orlando Bailey
  • Locals & travelers welcome
  • Thanks to support from Knight Foundation

 

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PARLOR TALK: CHASE L. CANTRELL
Jan
17
6:00 PM18:00

PARLOR TALK: CHASE L. CANTRELL

What is the State of Our Black City? What role should Detroit play as a national model for black culture, investment, development, and thought? Join us in the parlor for a special talk by Chase L. Cantrell, founder of Building Community Value and host of the Consulate's Detroit parlor talks since 2016.

Cantrell is a transactional attorney, a 2017 Knight Cities Challenge Winner, a Salzburg Global Forum Cultural Innovator, and was once named by Huffington Post as a Black Millennial to Watch. Born & raised in the city of Detroit, he has a deep commitment to creating platforms for sustainable social and economic development to improve the lives of Detroiters. Cantrell has also lived & studied in Paris, France; Ottawa, Canada; and Montréal, Canada. He currently resides in Northwest Detroit.

Read more about Chase's work here.

  • Hosted by Claire Nelson
  • Thanks to support from Knight Foundation
  • Locals & travelers welcome
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PARLOR TALK: FRANCIS GRUNOW
Jan
10
6:00 PM18:00

PARLOR TALK: FRANCIS GRUNOW

What does Detroit lose when we prioritize cars over people?

Detroit has a parking problem. The combination of numerous surface parking lots, and insufficient transportation alternatives, has created a downtown full of holes and gaps that undermine the walkability and density the city needs to compete globally. Join us in the parlor with urbanist and public policymaker Francis Grunow for a conversation about the REAL costs of parking, and what we lose when we prioritize cars over people.

Suggested Reading: The High Cost of Free Parking

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CITY LOBBY: RACE & PUBLIC SPACE
Dec
13
6:00 PM18:00

CITY LOBBY: RACE & PUBLIC SPACE

Philadelphia has invested significantly in improving its public spaces for all citizens to enjoy. The benefits of a vibrant public realm and civic commons are clear—we need spaces to come together, get fresh air, repose alone, protest, or play. But are these spaces welcoming and accessible to everyone? Who are they designed by? Who are they designed for? Join us for the beginning of a conversation about race & public space, with special guests:

Free & open to the public. All welcome. RSVP here

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PARLOR TALK: YODIT MESFIN JOHNSON
Dec
6
6:00 PM18:00

PARLOR TALK: YODIT MESFIN JOHNSON

Join us in the parlor with Yodit Mesfin Johnson to consider the question: "How can white people assimilate into black communities with respect and honor?"

Yodit is Chief Operating Officer and Vice President of Strategy for NEW | Solutions for Nonprofits in Detroit & Ann Arbor. She is also the founder of Lips & Hips, an initiative to move women forward and inspire them as feminist change-makers. A nationally recognized leader in business development, nonprofit management and social entrepreneurship, Yodit is a passionate advocate for equity and access for people of color.

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CITY LOBBY: LESSONS FROM COPENHAGEN
Dec
4
4:30 PM16:30

CITY LOBBY: LESSONS FROM COPENHAGEN

In early October, Philadelphia officials traveled once again to Copenhagen with the Knight Foundation to learn about best practices in planning accessible, connected cities for all age groups. Join us for a conversation about what they saw, what they learned, and their takeaways for Philadelphia:

Co-hosted by Urban Consulate, Bicycle Coalition & 5th Square

 

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PARLOR TALK: MAYA WILEY
Nov
29
6:00 PM18:00

PARLOR TALK: MAYA WILEY

Join us in the parlor with nationally renowned expert on racial justice and equity, Maya Wiley.

Named one of the "Leading Black Women Social Activists Advocating Change" by The Root, she has litigated, lobbied the U.S. Congress, and developed programs to challenge structural racism in the United States and South Africa.

Wiley is Senior Vice President for Social Justice at The New School and the Henry Cohen Professor of Urban Policy and Management at the Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy. She is also the chair of the New York City Civilian Complaint Review Board (CCRB), the independent oversight agency for the city’s police department. Formerly, Wiley served as counsel to Mayor de Blasio, where she worked to expand affordable broadband access, advance civil and human rights and gender equity, and increase city support for minority- and women-owned business enterprises. Prior, Wiley was the founder and president of the Center for Social Inclusion and has worked for the Open Society Foundation; the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.; the American Civil Liberties Union; and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. 

  • Hosted by Claire Nelson, Urban Consulate
  • Thanks to support from Knight Foundation
  • Locals & travelers welcome
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PARLOR TALK: DELPHIA SIMMONS & FRANKIE PICCIRILLI
Nov
22
6:00 PM18:00

PARLOR TALK: DELPHIA SIMMONS & FRANKIE PICCIRILLI

Think you know what homelessness looks like? Join us in the parlor with special guests from the Coalition On Temporary Shelter (COTS) to learn about their work serving the most vulnerable members of our community.

  • Delphia Simmons, Chief Strategy & Learning Officer
  • Frankie Piccirilli, Director of Development

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PARLOR TALK: JERRY HEBRON & MALIK YAKINI
Nov
15
6:00 PM18:00

PARLOR TALK: JERRY HEBRON & MALIK YAKINI

What's the future of food sovereignty and security in Detroit? Join us in the parlor for a conversation with two esteemed leaders of Detroit's urban agriculture movement:

As members of the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network and Detroit Food Policy Council, they have each worked tirelessly to build community self-reliance, advocate for food justice, and change consciousness about food.

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PARLOR TALK: BLACK SELF-CARE
Nov
8
6:00 PM18:00

PARLOR TALK: BLACK SELF-CARE

“Black Self-Care and Self-Love: The Urgency of Now and Always”

The anxiety of polarization and discrimination is real. How can Black Detroiters (and Americans) practice self-care, self-love and joy? Join us in the parlor with special guests Florence Noel, founder of Dear Black Women and Nefertiti Harris, founder of Textures by Nefertiti, for a conversation about taking care of yourself and your community.

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PARLOR TALK: NANCY KAFFER
Nov
1
6:00 PM18:00

PARLOR TALK: NANCY KAFFER

Join us for a pre-election conversation with Nancy Kaffer, award-winning columnist and member of the editorial board at the Detroit Free Press. Kaffer writes about politics, policy and the complicated relationship between the two, and is a regular guest on WDIV-TV’s “Flashpoint,” NPR’s “Detroit Today,” Michigan Radio’s “Stateside” and Detroit Public Television’s “MiWeek.” She’s also a contributor to The Daily Beast, writing about state and national politics, policy and culture.

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PARLOR TALK: DR. JONEIGH KHALDUN
Oct
25
6:00 PM18:00

PARLOR TALK: DR. JONEIGH KHALDUN

Join us in the parlor with Dr. Joneigh S. Khaldun, Director and Health Officer for the City of Detroit Health Department. When Dr. Khaldun assumed the role earlier this year, she faced quite the challenge -- Detroit was named the least healthy city in America. Since then she has launched new public health initiatives including SisterFriends, an effort to reduce pre-term births and infant mortality by matching young moms with mentors, and Lead Safe Detroit, a central clearinghouse for all of the city’s lead-related activities. Come learn about her work to improve public health in the city, and how we all can help.

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DESIGN PHILADELPHIA: TACTICAL URBANISM
Oct
12
7:00 PM19:00

DESIGN PHILADELPHIA: TACTICAL URBANISM

Join us at National Mechanics during Design Philadelphia for a showcase of creative citizen-led urban design projects. What are imaginative, low-budget ways to activate public space? Come hear new ideas to enliven our neighborhoods & bring people together. With special guests:

Tickets $15. Drinks included. Purchase here.

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ON THE TABLE: DETROIT
Oct
4
6:00 PM18:00

ON THE TABLE: DETROIT

What opportunities do young people in our community need in order to succeed? On October 4th, thousands of people across the region will be getting together in small groups for On The Table, a citywide conversation presented by Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan. Join us in the parlor with special guests:

Free & open to the public. All ages welcome.

 

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URBAN EXCHANGE: PUBLIC BY DESIGN
Sep
28
6:00 PM18:00

URBAN EXCHANGE: PUBLIC BY DESIGN

Design is like democracy: The more citizens participating, the stronger our communities will be. So what are some creative ways to open the door & invite more people in? Join us before Eastern Market After Dark at Detroit Design Festival to hear ideas from Philadelphians putting the "public" back into public space. From street art to sidewalk benches, parking spots & playgrounds, let's trade ideas for cities shaped by citizens.

With Special Guests:

Free & open to the public. Hosted by Urban Consulate & Next City, thanks to support from Knight Foundation

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PARLOR TALK: JERRY PAFFENDORF & MARY LORENE CARTER
Sep
20
6:00 PM18:00

PARLOR TALK: JERRY PAFFENDORF & MARY LORENE CARTER

Join us in the parlor with Jerry Paffendorf & Mary Lorene Carter of LOVELAND to talk about the pernicious cycle of tax foreclosure & eviction -- and how to get on top of the 2018 property auction NOW.

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CITY LOBBY: ETHICAL REDEVELOPMENT
Sep
19
6:00 PM18:00

CITY LOBBY: ETHICAL REDEVELOPMENT

Join us at Pipeline Philly for our monthly parlor for urban exchange in Philadelphia. This month we'll be joined by Tayyib Smith, Akeem Dixon & members of Place Lab's Ethical Redevelopment Salon Series in Chicago to share what they've learned from Theaster Gates over the last year, and how they will apply the principles to their work in Philly.

  • Hosted by Michelle Freeman & Jermaine Jenkins
  • Thanks to support from Knight Foundation
  • Locals & travelers welcome
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POLICY IN THE PUB: DETROIT PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Sep
13
7:00 PM19:00

POLICY IN THE PUB: DETROIT PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Join us in the parlor with Citizens Research Council of Michigan for the first installment of "Policy in the Pub," a new series to educate citizens and create more awareness around how public policy issues affect our communities.

The first gathering will focus on public education in Detroit, with special guests:

Founded in 1916, Citizens Research Council is Michigan’s premier unbiased, nonpartisan public affairs research organization, with a long history of reporting on a variety of public policy issues affecting Detroit, including the recent funding crisis at the Detroit Public Schools.

  • Free & open to the public
  • Locals & travelers welcome
  • Thanks to support from Knight Foundation

 

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PARLOR TALK: RACHEL LUTZ
Sep
6
6:00 PM18:00

PARLOR TALK: RACHEL LUTZ

Join us in the parlor with Detroit lover & retail maven Rachel Lutz, owner of The Peacock Room and Frida, to take stock of the state of retail in the city. In an era of mall closings and online shopping, Lutz is expanding -- with her newest shop Yama and a second Peacock Room opening in the Fisher Building this fall.

So let's get her take: Why is she so bullish on indie retail in the city? How can local merchants & customers work together to build a stronger local economy? Are there barriers for women and entrepreneurs of color? How is Detroit doing in the service & hospitality department?

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SUMMER BREAK
Aug
1
to Aug 31

SUMMER BREAK

Our Detroit location will be closed for the month of August to gear up for the fall! Enjoy summertime in the city and we'll see you in September. If you're visiting Detroit, please check out these suggested tours & experiences:

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PARLOR TALK: RYAN MYERS-JOHNSON & JENNIFER HARGE
Jul
26
6:00 PM18:00

PARLOR TALK: RYAN MYERS-JOHNSON & JENNIFER HARGE

Join us in the parlor with dancers & choreographers Ryan Myers-Johnson of Sidewalk Festival and Jennifer Harge of Harge Dance Stories for a conversation about art, activism, Black feminism & the city.

Sidewalk Festival (August 4 & 5) is a grassroots performing arts festival that takes place in the courtyards, alleys, sidewalks & streets of the Artist Village in Northwest Detroit. The Festival celebrates the landscape & culture of Detroit through presentation of original place-based and traditional performance, installation art, and land art. Follow @SidewalkDetroit for details.

 

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PARLOR TALK: DETROIT WOMEN LEAD
Jul
19
6:00 PM18:00

PARLOR TALK: DETROIT WOMEN LEAD

Join us in the parlor with Detroit Women's Leadership Network for a conversation about the power of mentorship to advance women leadership in Detroit. Moderated by Shelley Danner, special guests Carina Jackson and Jackie Gant will share their stories and the value of mentoring through their career journeys, followed by interactive speed mentoring to foster connections & build community.

#DETWomenLead

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PARLOR TALK: DIPLOMACY BEGINS HERE
Jul
12
6:00 PM18:00

PARLOR TALK: DIPLOMACY BEGINS HERE

What does it mean to be a citizen diplomat? How can you promote cross-cultural exchange here at home? Join us in the parlor with Global Ties Detroit, a non-profit that hosts international exchange programs on behalf of the U.S. Department of StateUSAID, and other agencies to advance global exchange and citizen diplomacy. With special guests:

Hosted by Claire Nelson & Chase L. Cantrell. Thanks to support from Knight Foundation. Locals & travelers welcome.

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BLOCK TALK: BREWERYTOWN
Jul
12
6:00 PM18:00

BLOCK TALK: BREWERYTOWN

Join us at The Money & The Elephant in Brewerytown for our monthly parlor for urban exchange in Philadelphia. This month we're talking about building stronger neighborhoods, block by block. What are the priorities of residents? What's the right mix of retail? How do you balance preservation & development? With special guests:

Limited seating. Please RSVP in advance here: goo.gl/ErKakt

  • Hosted by Michelle Freeman & Jermaine Jenkins
  • Thanks to support from Knight Foundation
  • Locals & travelers welcome
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