Green Impact Zone Neighborhood Revitalization Model
The Green Impact Zone staff has developed a successful model over the past four years, convening a core team of leaders from neighborhood associations and community development organizations, as well as nonprofit, private and civic partners, to support a comprehensive urban renewal strategy. Some key elements of the model:
- SCALE: Work must be done on a scale large enough to change the market in the community, with a focus on specific projects that can act as catalysts for further development.
- PEOPLE AND PLACE: Successful community redevelopment requires that the multiple causes of disinvestment be tackled simultaneously. Investment in the physical infrastructure of the community cannot bring about transformation without also investing in the human fabric of the community.
- BOTH SIDES OF THE EQUATION: Successful redevelopment requires not only empowering individuals to address issues within their own community, but also educating and informing the people and organizations who have the necessary resources and expertise to help achieve long-term, sustainable change.