Community Driven Revitalization
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Participants will understand what temporary design demonstrations are, the framework for an inclusive design process, the logistics of implementation and strategies to translate short-term design demonstrations to long term improvements.
Economic revitalization through infrastructure and design improvements is a powerful approach to transform underserved communities. However, there is a critical difference between revitalizing with a community as a partner or for a community as a recipient. The process of developing designs with the community and then working with them to implement temporary demonstrations of their ideas can lead to powerful community ownership and successful design that is truly responsive to community needs.
As we explore the process of temporary design demonstrations that lead to community ownership, we will discuss how to build a network of collaborative partners, how to work with the community to identify key needs, how to pair needs to implementable short-term designs responsive to those needs and how this process can lead to community ownership of implementation and outcomes.
The long-term goal of such design demonstrations is to push the envelope for innovation in a cost effective way and get further community feedback that refines the designs for long-term implementation. The collaborative process and community ownership of results also creates broader awareness for the community's needs and momentum for investment.
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Confirmed SpeakerDan Shah has extensive experience working and reflecting on strategies to achieve social change through non-profit and for-profit enterprises, as a legal advisor and executive director. In private practice, as founder of the Center for Community Non-profits at Temple Law School, and a Deputy City Solicitor for the City of Philadelphia, he has represented dozens of small business and non-profit clients, including community based organizations, cooperatives, land trusts, and business ventures, all aimed at social change. At the same time he has 10 years experience as a social enterprise director, at a Community Development Corporation in New Jersey and with Business Improvement Districts in Denver, where he won the Mayor’s Design Award and Governor’s Award for Downtown Excellence, and also serves as in-house counsel. He grew up in Evanston, IL where he developed an enthusiasm for cycling and travel, and is a father of three.
Confirmed SpeakerJill Locantore is Policy and Program Director for WalkDenver, a non-profit organization dedicated to making Denver the most walkable city in the country. Jill develops and implements programming consistent with WalkDenver’s mission, including community engagement, research, and advocacy for policies and practices that lead to a more walkable Denver. Previously, Jill served as Principal Planner for the Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG), where she worked with more than 50 local governments to develop and implement Metro Vision, the Denver region’s long-range plan for sustainable growth and development. Jill also worked for the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments where she supported regional efforts to coordinate land use and transportation planning in suburban Maryland, Northern Virginia and the District of Columbia. Throughout her planning career, Jill has focused on the intersection of land use and transportation with environmental sustainability, economic development, public health, and social justice issues. Jill has a Masters degree in community planning from the University of Maryland, as well as a Masters degree in cognitive psychology from the University of Toronto.