Neighborhoods

posted Friday, January 16, 2009        

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.

Group Discussion:

Housing – Neighborhoods

Neighborhoods need:

Infrastructure
Electric light
Water
Gas
Phone lines
Sidewalks
Streets
_ Gathering Places

Services
Grocery
Medical Care
Laundry Facilities
Schools
Trash Pick Up
Police/Fire people

Reuse of bldgs
“Adaptive reuse”
Green Historic Preservation

Social ‘Capital’
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
Planting
Neighborhood street/sidewalk changes
Eg: rounabouts/circles

Neighborhoods can do:
Change zoning
Improve their own areas
Get funding for projects
Connecting with other neighborhoods
Connect resources to needs
Communication

TUCSON
PEOPLE

Neighborhoods
Communities

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
Composting-mulching
Gardens
Cisterns, water harvesting
Basins, berms
Solar

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

Educate

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
Sonoran Institute
Neighborhood associations –neighborhood support network
Under-represented communities—refugee groups, areas outside of neighborhood associations, connect thru area businesses
Pima Council on Aging
Service providers-police/fire
Elected officials –City Council, County Board members/aides
Merchant associations, Chambers of commerce
Libraries,
Schools/teachers
Green building design experts,
Farmers markets,
Planners—city, county, UA
Institute for Environment and Society
PCC
SunTran/RTA
Drachman Institute
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.



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