A Tale of Two Neighborhoods: The HUD Choice Neighborhoods Initiative in Action

January 28, 2014

The HUD Choice Neighborhoods Initiative employs a comprehensive approach to neighborhood transformation through the revitalization of distressed public housing and the creation of economic, social, physical, and educational initiatives. Through this initiative, planners and community groups are working to turn distressed housing and long neglected neighborhoods into viable and sustainable mixed-income communities that support positive outcomes for families.

In this program, Adam Rosa, AICP, of Camiros compared and contrasted planning efforts in two different Choice Neighborhoods. He shared the strategies that are being employed in the troubled Ellis Heights neighborhood of Rockford, Illinois, to foster positive neighborhood change through the arts and online entrepreneurship (including a strategic relationship with Etsy.com). In addition, he discussed the creative techniques being used to address the distinct challenge of gentrification in the rapidly changing Rosewood community of Austin, Texas.

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Adam Rosa, AICP

Adam Rosa, AICP

Adam Rosa, AICP, is a senior associate for the Chicago-based urban planning firm Camiros, Ltd. In his work with communities from Buffalo to Honolulu (and everywhere in between), Rosa continuously strives to generate creative planning and urban design concepts that capture and celebrate the culture, spirit and potential of the local culture. He was recently chosen as one of the 2013 Next City Vanguard 40-under-40 "high-level, creative and ambitious people who seek to improve their cities."