Activating Spaces, Developing Places
You'll learn about:
How to implement a plan by bringing together the existing community and the development community to work together to activate an overlooked space
Proven steps towards leveraging community programming in targeted spaces in an effort to draw in outside investment
A new model for Community Development Corporations and developers working together in emerging urban markets
Too often, community members and commercial developers seem like they’re playing for opposing teams. What is more, the level of subsidy being sought for urban projects, despite a proven market, is unsustainable for cities. A fundamentally different development model is emerging that proves demand to justify supply rather than subsidizing supply for the hope of attracting demand. A new neighborhood playbook is needed that enables communities and developers to come together to activate a space (demonstrate demand) on the way to developing a place (building supply).
This session will share lessons from neighborhood regeneration efforts where strategic and targeted neighborhood reactivation efforts have yielded extraordinary results. Cincinnati’s Walnut Hills is flipping old models on their heads and regenerating use of a time-honored, two-stage process of demand creation and supply development. Here, the ‘demand building’ phase began in an overlooked convergence of rear lanes, leading to the creation of Five Points Alley. This has sparked several development projects. In another example, Covington, Kentucky's Madlot helped spawn a whole new wave of investment. “Build it and they will come” is yielding to “come and let’s build something together.” This session takes a principled approach to how these lessons may be tailored to neighborhood development efforts nationwide.
Confirmed SpeakerKevin is a leader in community development, economic and real estate development finance/planning, and creative placemaking. With a background in journalism and media he has been able to sharpen his skills in public relations and public speaking. He is focused on using his diverse background to regenerate communities and cities through community engagement and physical transformation. Kevin has been Executive Director of the Walnut Hills Redevelopment Foundation (WHRF) since 2011 where he has helped the organization develop a new brand and mission and grow from a staff of one contracted employee to five full-time employees and several interns. Additionally, he has grown the foundation's budget ten-fold and developed a more sustainable and diverse revenue stream. The WHRF's brand is comprehensive and uses creative approaches to get sustainable results in the neighborhood's historic commercial corridor. Kevin has led teams in the creation and implementation of dozens of projects ranging from small creative placemaking activities to multi-million dollar real estate deals. These projects have included several public and private partners and a diverse set of public financing tools such as Tax Increment Financing, public loans/grants, and Historic Tax Credits. His work at the Walnut Hills Redevelopment Foundation has received local honors and has been featured in national publications such as The Huffington Post.
Invited SpeakerJoe is a Senior Associate at MKSK focused on urban design, planning and real estate development projects in North America and abroad. He is dedicated to regenerating our towns, cities, and neighborhoods and using that experience to inform the design of new districts and towns that are inherently highly adaptable and resilient. Joe has directed design and implementation for dozens of projects ranging from small to over a million dollars in design fees. He leads teams of two to ten designers as well as multi-disciplinary teams of economists, ecologists, engineers, artists, architects, and planners. The work of Joe and his many collaborators are often found in Planning Magazine, Better! Cities and Towns, Planetizen, Sustainable Cities Collective and the Congress for New Urbanism. He has presented and lectured at the University of Notre Dame, at the Congress for New Urbanism, and American Planning Association National Conferences. He has juried design competitions for Pittsburgh’s Young Preservation Association and the Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation. He is a recent member of the Board of Directors for the Sprout Fund, a Pittsburgh-based organization focused on neighborhood catalytic projects. Joe graduated summa cum laude from the University of Notre Dame, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture. While doing so, he contributed to the writing of Becoming an Architect: A Guide to Careers in Design by Lee W. Waldrep (NY: John Wiley & Sons, 2006) and Como: la Modernit della Tradizione, edited by Samir Youn s and Ettore Maria Mazzola (Roma: Gangemi, 2003). He served as the Notre Dame chapter president of the A.I.A.S. and was the recipient of numerous awards for design and leadership. In 2016 he co-authored the Neighborhood Playbook with funding from the Haile Foundation and People’s Liberty.