Four Toolkits for Neighborhood Growth

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Not every neighborhood or district is at the same starting point. This might sound like an obvious and visible fact. Yet, too often our industry develops one-size fits all policies and plans that treat market demand as if it does not vary from place to place. This approach creates inequitable outcomes, restricts growth and turns its back on the unique stories and culture that exist in our neighborhoods. Neighborhood by neighborhood, and often block by block, we need to deploy both supply and demand policy toolkits tailored to where that place sits in its journey. We have identified four growth conditions with tailored policies and tools to help those places smartly and strategically change. This approach has helped our clients and partners become adept at growth policy and planning. The goal of each toolkit is to meet people where they are and help citizens of the place participate in and ensure dynamic, flexible and inclusive growth.

The Four Neighborhood Growth Toolkits:

Sluggish Places

Description:

No private market interest exists. Issues related to crime, vacancy and lack of engagement and community connectedness. This toolkit is all about stabilization, engagement, organization and community building.

Tools:

  • Mini/Nano Grants for Demand Discovery interventions

  • Events + Programming Grants for Intentional Events

  • A Programming Toolkit designed to make it easier to throw community events

  • Residential Façade grants

  • Clean Up grants

  • Strategic Community Policing and Foot Patrols

  • Targeted & Strategic Code Enforcement

  • Residential Façade Grants

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Rising Places

Description:

There exists some market demand. This toolkit focuses on strategic public investment, storytelling and small developer/entrepreneur support.

Tools:

  • Strategic Property Acquisition

  • Small Developer Financing (site prep assistance, 2nd mortgages, pre-development grants, etc)

  • Historic Preservation Fund

  • Real Estate Crowdfunding

  • Public Art Grants

  • Commercial Façade Grants

  • Small Business Development Grants

  • Pink Zoning and Permitting

  • Social Media and Storytelling Strategies/Grants

Emerging Places

Description:

Market demand has been established by smart small projects and programming. This toolkit doubles down on much of what has already been established and works to recruit larger more sophisticated developers, while utilizing tools and policies that mitigate cultural displacement and a loss of affordability.

Tools:

  • Strategic Property Acquisition

  • Large Developer Financing

  • Small Developer Financing (site prep assistance, 2nd mortgages, pre-development grants, etc)

  • Historic Preservation Fund

  • Real Estate Crowdfunding

  • Public Art Grants

  • Commercial Façade Grants

  • Small Business Development Grants

  • Zoning Variances

  • Social Media +Storytelling Strategies/Grants

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Strong Places

Description:

Market demand is established. This toolkit doubles down on anti-displacement tools and policies while supporting ambitious development, public space and infrastructure projects.

Tools:

  • Public Asset Management + Programming

  • Transportation/Parking Infrastructure Financing + Management

  • Site Infrastructure Prep

  • Design-Based Zoning Codes

  • Master Planning

  • Gap Financing

  • Minority Business Incubation

  • Real Estate Crowdfunding

  • Equity toolkit to protect long-term residents/business owners

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