Engage in Community and Strategic Planning

STRATEGY

Engage in Community and Strategic Planning

Leaders of all sectors must help to develop a shared vision for the future and take responsibility for executing complex revitalization strategies
Community and strategic planning processes give communities an opportunity to have tough—but necessary—conversations about the realities on the ground and their goals for the future. The magnitude of the challenges faced by legacy cities requires multisector involvement. Local governments are vital players in the revitalization of legacy cities, but leaders from anchor institutions and the private sector must also be willing to “own the problem” of the city’s long-term health, work collaboratively with all stakeholders to create a shared vision for the community’s future, and take responsibility for executing complex revitalization strategies.
Tools

Community Engagement Toolkit

The Community Engagement Toolkit helps guide such efforts, with a particular focus on equity and inclusion. So that readers will consider external and internal factors in their engagement efforts, the toolkit asks practitioners to answer a series of questions while they are designing their engagement strategies.

Livable Communities Toolkit

The AARP Livable Communities initiative provides a collection of reports and how-to guides that address several livability issues, including aging in place, walkability and pedestrian safety, and inclusive transportation and public realm design.

Participation Tools for Better Community Planning

Incorporating the general public into the planning process can be daunting, but it is crucial to creating plans that will have a lasting impact. The Local Government Commission and the California Endowment wrote this guide to provide local leaders with tools to engage the public in the planning process.

The Intersector Toolkit

The Intersector Toolkit is a resource for local leaders who may not have experience forging formal cross-sector partnerships. Though not tailored to a specific type of project or collaboration, the toolkit features many case studies examining community or economic development projects.

The Place Database

The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy’s mapping tool lets users visualize the latest data for dozens of indicators—ranging from housing affordability to brownfield sites to federal government spending.

Initiative Profiles

Initiative Profiles

Buffalo, NY

Elimination of off-street parking minimums to promote citywide development, density, and the use of alternative transportation modes

St. Louis, MO

Measuring racial disparities across 72 indicators to inform data-driven policy making in the City of St. Louis

Gary, IN

An urban revitalization initiative that uses a real-time parcel-level survey and mapping platform to guide its strategic demolition and neighborhood stabilization efforts

Akron, OH

Promoting economic and urban development in neighborhood business districts through comprehensive corridor planning, incentive programs, and public management reforms

Yonkers, NY

A program that offers paid summer employment and training in environmental conservation to local young residents—primarily low-income youth of color

Rochester, NY

Promotional and branding program to strengthen the housing market in the Triangle neighborhood of North Winton Village, a target middle neighborhood in Rochester

Rochester, NY

Supporting long-term residency by providing free architectural designs for owner-occupants seeking to add a half-bathroom to the ground floor of single-bathroom homes

Resources

Detroit Future City Strategic Framework

Detroit Future City, 2012
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Regenerating America’s Legacy Cities

Alan Mallach and Lavea Brachman, 2013
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Revitalizing America’s Smaller Legacy Cities: Strategies for Postindustrial Success from Gary to Lowell

Torey Hollingsworth and Alison Goebel, 2017
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Preservation Rightsizing Network et al., 2015
The Funders Network for Smart Growth and Liveable Communities, et al., 2018
Phillipp Oswalt (Ed.), 2006
2018–live
Congress for New Urbanism, 2015
Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative, 2008
Democracy Collaborative, 2018–live
Pete Saunders, 2018–live
American Planning Association, 2018
Erika C. Poethig et al., 2018
Julie Wagner and Dan Watch, 2016 – live
Center for Community Progress, 2018
The Gateway Cities Innovation Institute, 2015
Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, 2017
Toni Griffin et al., 2015
The Reinvestment Fund, 2018 – live
The American Assembly, 2018–live
2018–live
Margaret Dewar and June Manning Thomas (Eds.), 2012
The Kresge Foundation, the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program, the Urban Institute, and Living Cities, 2018–live
National Trust for Historic Preservation, Research and Policy Lab, 2017
National Association of City Transportation Officials, 2013
Aaron Renn, 2018–live
White House Council on Strong Cities, Strong Communities, 2017
Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, live

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