Poster: Revitalize Downtown with Safe, Clean, and Green Strategies
A neighborhood’s health and vitality are linked to the perception of safety. Perception and reality are often different, but attracting neighborhood-serving businesses to what is perceived as an unsafe neighborhood will prove challenging. Dealing with crime and cleaning up unsavory and unsafe features in a neighborhood is a critical first step in changing the area for the better. Neighborhoods that are struggling with safety issues are more likely to have higher rates of violent crime, a prevalence of graffiti and barred windows and doors, higher vacancy rates in the downtown, trash collection and maintenance issues, and unmaintained landscaping in parks and public spaces.
An economically healthy downtown has vacancy rate of less than 20 percent, a management structure, less than 20 percent nonretail use, sidewalks with outdoor seating, are aesthetically pleasing and offer transportation options. This poster is designed to help planners; government officials, business leaders, community activists, crime prevention practitioners, and law enforcement utilize innovative ways to prevent crime in their downtowns. It will educate participants on how to apply traditional principles such CEPTED (access control, natural surveillance, territorial reinforcement, and maintenance) and mix it with new principles regarding open space and housing options to reinvigorate the downtown.
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Confirmed SpeakerEXPERIENCE Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Manager, Community Revitalization, Office of Smart Growth (November 2013-present) • Manage the Strategies for Older Suburbs work program activities which includes a municipal grant program and municipal-level cooperative marketing program for older suburbs. • Oversee work program area budget and consultant contracts. • Oversee contract procurement process and budget for municipal grant awardees. • Work with planning staff and administration on grant program facilitation. • Author general reports, strategic, and comprehensive plans. • Facilitate open dialogue with local authorities through Roundtable series. Senior Regional Planner, Office of Smart Growth (August 2005-November 2013) • Managed the Strategies for Older Suburbs work program. • Managed a municipal grant program for older communities. • Developed and managed a municipal cooperative marketing program. • Authored general reports, strategic, and comprehensive plans. • Facilitated open dialogue with local authorities through Roundtable series • Internal Promotion to Manager, Community Revitalization to commensurate with increased work responsibilities, work performance, and experience. Regional Planner, Office of Smart Growth (February 2002-August 2005) • Managed a municipal grant program and related activities. • Authored general reports, strategic, and comprehensive plans. • Internal promotion to RA Level III in recognition of work performance and increased responsibilities. Project Implementation Coordinator, Office of Capital Projects and Management, (September 2001-January 2002) • Worked with PennDOT staff to move projects from preliminary design to construction. • Served as a liaison for municipal grant recipients on procurement process. Remington & Vernick Engineers and Affiliates, Haddonfield, New Jersey Municipal Planner (May 1999-August 2001) • Served as consulting zoning and planning board planner to several municipalities. • Reviewed development and subdivision plans. • Authored redevelopment and master plans. • Assisted surveying and inspection department. EDUCATION Masters of City Planning (MCP) Bachelor of Arts (BA), Sociology University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA Kutztown University, Kutztown, PA Year Graduated: 1999 Year Graduated: 1997 AFFLIATIONS Member of American Planning Association (APA) Member of New Jersey American Planning Association (NJAPA) Certified Planner with the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) Licensed Planner for the State of New Jersey (PP)