JANUARY General Meeting — Organizing Questions:
Historic Preservation, beauty, eliminate more mcMansions, shelter to be elegant, simple, beautiful, sustainable. Vegetable Gardening in schools. Food production water(?). Block parties – getting to know your neighbors.
How can we get zoning changes to allow neighborhood shops in residential areas. More bikeways. More pedestrian walkways. Change parking to more useful areas. In general, how can we modify residential areas to be more like ‘traditional’ communities/villages with shared facilities? Also modify shopping areas to be community centers – eg for transport/rideshare, play areas. Lastly, how to crosslink/integrate these modified areas?
How do we work on reaching out to others in our neighborhoods (when there’s a high percentage of renters) to work together on neighborhood projects?
Vacant parcels. Home Owner’s Associations small groups do what? Viability of neighborhoods (walkable green spaces) Historic preservation. Beauty. Simplicity. No more huge houses. School gardens. Food production. Block parties. Low cost housing increase. Limit expansion. Recycling. Working out relations in neighborhoods. Zoning changes.
Vacant Parcels’ utilization – promote infill projects in residential neighborhoods.
How do we transform our neighborhoods into livable walkable green places?
How can we increase more low-cost housing that is sustainable for the large numbers of people who need housing?
What can we do to promote infill and limit expansion? What can we do to recycle water? How do we promote green historic preservation?
What can I do to motivate Home Owners Assoc.? What could a small group do?
Appropriate infill, engage people, make HOA’s and communities more “on the same page”, zoning laws.
Housing – Neighborhoods
_ Gathering Places
Trash Pick Up
Reuse of bldgs
Green Historic Preservation
Networks of people collaborating to improve their community
Local ‘energy’ within the community
Create ‘social capital’ by building meaningful relationships
Identifying needs and connecting them to resources
Providing places to meet and talk-interact
Providing opportunities to work together on public projects
Eg: Community Gardens
Artwork and Craft Projects
Rebuilding eg: schools, historic buildings
Neighborhood street/sidewalk changes
Neighborhoods can do:
Improve their own areas
Get funding for projects
Connecting with other neighborhoods
Connect resources to needs
People live in Houses are in Neighborhoods which make up Communities which make up the city TUCSON.
Any sustainability initiative must deal with neighborhoods to be effective and neighborhoods have needs as well as potential.
Neighborhoods can do:
Be more self sufficient
Cisterns, water harvesting
Be more user friendly
Bike and Pedestrian Ways
Keep low cost/clustered housing
Keep a range of housing types in the neighborhood
(prevent gentrification, demolition)
Pride of residency to avoid neighborhood deterioration
Responsibility of owners for maintenance if renting
Start Pilot Projects
Be models of how to be sustainable
No more tract houses – sprawl
FEBRUARY General Meeting — Who else needs to be involved/invited?
Who needs to be invited to participate in this plan
Neighborhood associations –neighborhood support network
Under-represented communities—refugee groups, areas outside of neighborhood associations, connect thru area businesses
Pima Council on Aging
Elected officials –City Council, County Board members/aides
Merchant associations, Chambers of commerce
Green building design experts,
Planners—city, county, UA
Institute for Environment and Society
Pima Arts Council
What are we doing?
People should feel that they are missing out on something
Grass-roots, citizen-based sustainability plan
Building foundation for future planning
Importance of community engagement and being part of that.