Thanks to The Gazette’s Jennifer Hemmingsen’s post on her blog, I learned of an Iowa City-based project called Crossing Borders. Originally created by three UI grad students, the website provides a starting point for dialogue and increasing understanding about Iowa City’s changing demographics and the cultural conflicts -both real and perceived- that come with it. This “Civic Storytelling Project” is a refreshingly honest look at the migration of mostly lower-income, African Americans from Chicago in recent years, which has been a hot topic of local discussion, unfortunately plagued with stereotyping, misinformation, and a lack of understanding. The website contains an array of information through a combination of research, storytelling, documentation, and promotion of community events. Well worth checking out.