Thursday, April 27, 2017
9 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. CDT
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Cities across the country are starting to realize that the "big project" approach takes up too much staff time, wastes too much political energy and distracts too much from the basic needs of exisiting neighborhoods. Risky, low returning projects too often become expensive boondoggles that haunt a community for decades. Public officials everywhere are desperately seeking an alternative.
Participants will learn how the "Neighborhoods First" program is an example of how a community can grow stronger by making small, incremental investments over time. Case studies demonstrated that by observing how neighbors live their lives, by asking them where their daily struggles are, by getting out on the street and discovering what is going on, any local government can implement cost effective change through improving streetscapes, traffic patterns, accessibility, and parks. The approach fits every budget and empowers local government to overcome the lack of ownership and control of substandard property, an issue that often makes improvement projects ineligible for traditional grant programs.
Tish Mayfield, email@example.com