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Our blog exists to share the firm's project updates in Haiti, our research and perspectives concerning China's growing influence in the Caribbean as well as personal and professional insights from Pinchina Consulting's founder - a millennial who dares to believe that she can actually change the world. We welcome guest bloggers so be sure to contact us!

November 15, 2014   Posted by: Vanessa Leon

From Haiti to South Africa, Brooklyn to Harlem

When I decided to become an urban planner, I did not set out to start a movement. I certainly was not imagining an international career. Finding myself at a personal and professional crossroad as a result of the 2010 Haiti earthquake, I knew that continue reading »

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August 6, 2014   Posted by: Vanessa Leon

Lessons from a Park Bench

I have a bad habit of shrugging off other people’s compliments or expressions of gratitude. Part of it is, I do not like a lot of attention. The other part is that I genuinely enjoy helping people so when I engage in an act of kindness, it is no big deal to me.

As I was sitting on a park bench the other day, an elderly gentleman approached me asking if I had four quarters for a dollar. His speech was not as clear and earlier I had witnessed him talking to himself so I simply concluded that perhaps he was mentally disturbed (which sadly is not all that uncommon in New York City). Without even thinking or bothering to check my wallet, I instantly said, continue reading »

May 2, 2014   Posted by: Vanessa Leon

40 Urban Leaders, Vanguard 2014 and the City of Chattanooga!

On April 24th-26th, I had the privilege of joining my fellow colleagues who were also selected as one of “40 Urban Leaders Under 40” for the 2014 Next City Vanguard class. The gathering was rich with knowledge sharing where we were able to immerse ourselves in topics such as stabilizing distressed communities, technological innovations in cities, and the evolution of public/private partnerships (among others) – with a key emphasis on gleaning important insights we could take back to our respective communities. continue reading »

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April 11, 2014   Posted by: Vanessa Leon

Water is Good but a Water System Would Be GREAT (Project Update)

Most of us living in or raised in more developed countries do not necessarily think about where our tap water comes from. To the extent that we do is usually when it is no longer functioning as expected. Other than that, we just use it without thinking twice – or at least that’s what I did prior to working with a remote mountain village in Petit Goave.

When it comes to water access in places like Haiti, however, many of us mean well when we conclude, “Let’s just give them water,” typically bottled water at that, without much thought to the long-term sustainable provision that something like a water system would allow for over time (I mean even in Haiti people need water to do things like bathe, cook and clean, no?) continue reading »

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