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  • This project was funded by a federal Sustainable Communities Grant that was awarded to assist the region in implementation of MetroFuture, the regional plan for the Boston metropolitan area that was adopted in 2008. The vision set forth in MetroFuture includes the aspirations of the nearly 5000 people who participated during the preparation of the Plan. We want all communities to be safe; everyone to have access to clean air, water, and healthy food; every community to be a vibrant and attractive place to live. The issue of housing affordability never vanishes. We want adequate supply and affordability, in all communities throughout the region, to meet the region-wide need. Growth has great benefits – jobs, homes, places to play and shop. But we all know it has challenges as well. The benefits and burdens of growth should be spread around the region, through equitable planning with a regional focus. And preservation is as important as growth. As communities focus growth in sensible locations, they have the opportunity to protect critical natural areas, working farms, recreational opportunities, and watersheds.
  • The MetroFuture Plan includes the entire 101 communities of the greater Boston region, and takes into account future models for growth in the 163 communities in the transportation planning region of the Boston MPO. The MetroFuture plan encourages areas for housing and economic development as well as open space preservation, and outlines transportation systems needed to support current and future development.
  • A critical element of the MetroFuture plan is the process that was used to develop the plan. This was a 4-year process that began with visions, was supported by data and models, and was based upon the choices of participants as they looked at the potential impacts of alternative future growth patterns. This process yielded not only the plan itself, but also a constituency of 5,000 “plan builders” who , we hope, will help us to work to accomplish the MetroFuture goals.
  • Products: A vision for the region we want, building on the region’s strengths and investing in our residents 65 goals, supported by hundreds of objectives, for Greater Boston in the year 2030 13 implementation strategies, with hundreds of specific recommendations, designed to help the region achieve its goals The goals and strategies have been designed with a many to many relationship – each goal is advanced by several strategies and vice versa
  • This consortium now consists of more than 150 groups, and is governed by a Steering Committee that is made up of the various constituent groups of the consortium. The Steering Committee is responsible for the approval of all scopes for projects being implemented under the grant.
  • This slide summarizes the activities to be undertaken with the grant. It is through these activities that MAPC and the consortium partners with interact with communities and organizations both within our region and throughout the state. The ( insert name of project ) is being funded under the ( insert category – e.g., placed based planning) area of the grant.
  • Project Overview: MetroFuture – Regional Plan for Metro Boston Sustainable Communities program ($4m from HUD/ EPA/ DOT partnership for gap filling, place-based, capacity, tools, best practices to advance regional equity, smart growth, and regional collaboration), development of project with Quincy and ACDC, grant helping MAPC to reach out/ work with new partners, explore new outreach techniques, and address issues in engaging non-traditional populations, particularly for purposes of engagement), key city team who served as a touchstone throughout the process. ACE Task Force Outreach to the public to encourage participation in Community Planit Utilize results of Data Analysis to facilitate discussions around community issues Ensure that a variety of perspectives are represented (elders, youth, recent immigrants, 2 nd generation Asian-Americans) Use Community PlanIt to participate in the Quincy city planning process
  • 50% of Asian Families earn more than $75,000 per year, vs 53% of non-Asian Families 14% earn less than $25,000 per year, vs. 12% of non-Asian families Average Asian Family size in Quincy: 3.56 Average family size (all races) in Quincy: 3.05
  • Asian birth rate is 4 – 8 births per hundred women White birth rate is 2 – 4 births per hundred
  • Content: Asian American Civic Engagement Task Force Task Force, Walkshop, Community PlanIt, ACDC In-person outreach activities, This meeting (need some visuals- image of walkshop, task force meetings etc) Quincy Demographics- Why NoQuWo Project activities Outreach results and polling- What ’s unique in NoQuWo What people do in NoQuWo- Doing business, Living, Playing, Getting around.
  • Thematic missions provide story and structure to interaction Learning can be scaffolded and developed over time Precise start and end dates provide immediacy, focus and suspense Leaderboards, ranking and awards provide immediate feedback, reputation and compelling onboarding Coins are earned by completing planning challenges answering trivia questions and earning award bonuses At the end of each mission players can pledge their coins on real community action and causes Players can join together in affiliations to pool points Real Time filtering with data visualization
  • Determining school quality Goal: Engage parents, teachers, and students administrators and community members over what makes a quality school Detroit: Engage a diverse set of Detroit stakeholders in thinking about the future of the city as a whole
  • Compare keypad findings (demographics with game demographics and Quincy stats here. Now that we know which age and race groups were represented, lets see what they said- both as part of the game, in-person activities, and what you will tell us right now through the keypad polling. (transition into next slide)
  • Total of 51 assets identified ranging from the businesses in Hancock Street to the open spaces in the area. The high share of Asian residents and businesses are unique to the North Quincy Wollaston neighborhoods.
  • The high share of Asians, while unique, also raised issues of barriers and racism that Asians face. With one in three people under 20 Asians, and the share growing, these issues are real in institutions and our daily interactions.
  • Keypad and Game results
  • Keypad and Game results > establish themes for doing business, living, playing, and getting around. Now that we have seen some assets and concerns that members of this community have, lets get into some specifics. The neighborhood has people living, doing business, and playing here while getting from one part of the area to another. We looked at each of these aspects and defined missions in the game accordingly. We will go through each aspect in the next few slides.
  • The State Street office and other employment centers are near the North Quincy T stop, while there are a lot of locally owned businesses along Hancock Street. The Hancock Street Corridor Area has a total of 388 businesses out of which 46 are identified as Asian Owned as per 2011 data. About 200 people work in these Asian-owned businesses.
  • Keypad and Game results > establish themes for doing business, living, playing, and getting around. Now that we have seen some assets and concerns that members of this community have, lets get into some specifics. The neighborhood has people living, doing business, and playing here while getting from one part of the area to another. We looked at each of these aspects and defined missions in the game accordingly. We will go through each aspect in the next few slides.
  • Asian family income is comparable to non-Asians, but households are 15-20% larger Average Asian Family size in Quincy: 3.56 Average family size (all races) in Quincy: 3.05 Higher density with multiple units per parcel in the neighborhood.
  • A mix of home-owners and renters in the area. New immigrants tend to be renters, and they also tend to stay on, buying homes here. A third of the housing units along Hancock Street are renter-occupied housing, followed by 2-3 family homes making up a quarter of the housing stock. Newer construction consists of more condos than single family residences. The area also has a number of assisted living facilities and senior residences (Examples?). Comments in our engagement discussions compared North Quincy-Wollaston residential options to Boston ’s living options. Note about affordability.
  • Keypad : Housing development funding priorities poll
  • Opportunities for community gathering stood out as a key need for the neighborhood- for all age groups. Participants highlighted the Wollaston Theatre as a resource which could respond to this gap. Open Spaces are an important community asset and people also talked about the plenty of dining options and other things they come to the area for.
  • We know about the parking issue regarding the C-mart location along Hancock Street. Preliminary estimates show space for over 8,000 cars in the corridor- and this excludes the street parking. As part of the game, people suggested different ways to manage traffic ranging from shared parking usage to strategic location of parking lots.
  • The MBTA came up multiple times as a resource for the neighborhood. The quick and frequent connection to Boston is really valued by residents of the neighborhood. At the same time, other modes and activities require people using vehicles .Safety along the Hancock Street corridor was a key concern.
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    • 1. Friday Quincy Community PlanIt: More Engaging Planning for AllAsian Community Development CITY of Corporation QUINCY
    • 2. Project Introduction Jennifer RaittChief Housing Planner, MAPC
    • 3. The MetroFuture Vision
    • 4. The MetroFuture Process
    • 5. From Plan to Action!
    • 6. Consortium Governance Region alInner UrbanCore Center (2) s (2)
    • 7. Six Areas of Activity
    • 8. Quincy: Sustainable Communities• Fact: City of Quincy’s Asian American population has grown from 15.4% in 2000 to 24 percent in 2010, the largest per-capita of any city in the state, and struggles to adequately engage their immigrant populations in planning efforts. • Engage the Asian community in city planning activities • Better understand community needs, develop an Asian Community Engagement Task Force, and launch a Community PlanIt workshop
    • 9. Data PlanningRobert A. Stevens, AICP CITY of QUINCY
    • 10. Quincy, Massachusetts
    • 11. Decline Outdated single- Commercial story commercial vacancy buildings Streetscapes Auto – lacking charm Pedestrian conflicts
    • 12. Change• Public Planning Process• Vision Plan• Urban renewal district• Downtown zoning• Design guidelines• Financial plan• Public/Private partnership
    • 13. Quincy Center Revitalization
    • 14. Change
    • 15. Geography
    • 16. A Growing Asian Population Quincy Population by Race & Ethnicity, 1990 - 2010 100,000 The Asian population quadrupled between 90,000 1990 and 2010 80,000 7% 15% 24% Asian (with share) 70,000 60,000 Other 50,000 Hispanic 40,000 P n a u p o t i l 30,000 African American (non-Hispanic) 20,000 White 10,000 (non-Hispanic) 0 1990 2000 2010 Year Source: U.S. Decennial CensusQuincy has highest Asian % of any Massachusetts municipalityRegional Asian population grew from 3.2% in 1990 to 7.5% in 2010
    • 17. Asian Neighborhoods in Quincy
    • 18. Nativity and Language27% of Quincy residents Quincys Foreign Born Population by Region of Birth, 2006 - 2010 born outside U.S. (with year of entry for Asian-born Residents) Other16,500 residents born in Latin regions 6% Asia America Asia• 39% entered the U.S. 9% (since 2000) since 2000 26%• 36% entered the U.S. Europe 18% prior to 1990 Asia (1990 to• 52% are now U.S. 1999) citizens Asia 17% (before 1980) Asia 8% (1980 to 1989)56% of foreign-born Asians 16% have limited English proficiency Total Foreign-Born Residents: 24,81032% of Asian-language Source: American Community Survey, 2006 - 2010, Table B05007
    • 19. Asian Subgroups Quincy Asian Population by Subgroup, 2010 Filipino, 3% Other, 6% Indian, 11% Chinese Vietnamese, (including 14% Taiwanese), 67% Note: "Other" includes Korean, Thai, Japanese, and other Asian subgroups. Source: Census 2010
    • 20. Household Income Quincy Families by Income, 2006 - 2010 30% 25% 20% Asian Families 15% Non-Asian 10% Families 5% 0%mHCPgdhuonyacesIftril Household Income Category Source: American Community Survey 2006 - 2010, Tables B1901, B1901D Bars show 90% Margin of ErrorAsian family income is comparable to non- Asians, but households are 15-20% larger
    • 21. Age Quincy Residents by Age and Asian Origin, 2010 10,000 Asianscomprise: 9,000 - 24% of Quincys total population 8,000 - 29% of residents under age 20 7,000 - 14% of residents 65 or older 6,000 5,000 4,000 3,000 2,000 AsianGAPegnauportil 1,000 Non-Asian 0 Age Group Source: Census 2010, SF1Demography and birth rates mean Asian population will continue to grow
    • 22. Asian Students in Quincy Public Schools Quincy Public School Enrollment by Race/Ethnicity, 2010 - 2011 1,600 High Schools Asian 1,400 Other 1,200 Hispanic 1,000 African American 800 Middle Schools Elementary Schools White 600 400 200 -Asian students comprise 33% of district
    • 23. Household Size Family Household Size, 2010 Asian Households Non-Asian Households 2 people 5% 2% 3 people 7% 6% 26% 4 people 11% 5 people 17% 48% 6 people 7+ people 24% 27% 25%Nearly half of all Asian families include four or morepeople, compared to only 27% of non-Asian families
    • 24. How to plan for change?
    • 25. North Quincy and Wollaston Civic Engagement Results and FeedbackHolly St. Clair, Metropolitan Area Planning Council
    • 26. Engagement activities• Asian American Civic Engagement Taskforce• Walkshop• Community PlanIt Game• ACDC in-person Outreach Activities• Visioning Session
    • 27. Embracing Game-Based Learning• Mission and Narrative• Competition• Direct Real-World Incentives• Cooperation and Community Visualization
    • 28. Community PlanIt Implementations• Boston Public Schools- 460 players and 4600 comments• Engaging Detroit in Long Term Planning-1000+ players, 8400+ Comments, 300+ affiliations, 120 attended final meeting• Engaging Quincy in Neighborhood Visioning- 100+ Players, 1000+ comments
    • 29. Game Interface
    • 30. Did you play Community PlanIt: NoQuWo? 1. Yes 14% 2. No 86% 31
    • 31. What is your age?1. 0 - 19 38%2. 20 - 29 14%3. 30 - 39 11%4. 40 - 49 14%5. 50 – 59 8%6. 60 or better 16%
    • 32. What is your annual household income?1. $0 - $19,999 21%2. $20,000 - $34,999 13%3. $35,000 - $54,999 16%4. $55,000 - $84,999 17%5. $85,000 - $139,999 20%6. $140,000 or more 13% 33
    • 33. How do you identify yourself?1. White 25%2. Asian 70%3. Black or African American 1%4. Hispanic or Latino 1%5. Multiracial 1%6. Other 1% 34
    • 34. Do you own a home or rent?1. I own a single family home 38%2. I own a multi-family home (e.g., triple-decker) 15%3. I own a condominium or townhouse 15%4. I rent my home or apartment 18%5. Other (none) 15% 35
    • 35. What language do you speak at home?1. English 51%2. Spanish 1%3. Portuguese 1%4. Chinese dialect 37%5. Haitian Creole 1%6. Other 9% 36
    • 36. What’s unique in NoQuWo
    • 37. What’s unique in NoQuWo Quincy Public School Enrollment by Race/ Ethnicity, 2010 - 20111,600 High Schools Asian1,400 Other1,200 Hispanic1,000 African American 800 Middle Schools Elementary Schools White 600 400 200 -
    • 38. What are the neighborhood’s strengths?1. Transportation options 51%2. Locally owned businesses 10%3. Parks and public spaces 6%4. Sense of tradition and history 4%5. Schools 9%6. City government 1%7. Neighborhood/community-feeling 13%8. Culture and entertainment 4%9. Opportunities to thrive, in jobs or as 2% citizens 39
    • 39. What are the neighborhood’s weaknesses?1. Transportation options 5%2. Locally owned businesses 3%3. Parks and public spaces 10%4. Sense of tradition and history 13%5. Schools 4%6. City government 12%7. Neighborhood/community-feeling 16%8. Culture and entertainment 22%9. Opportunities to thrive, in jobs or as citizens 15% 40
    • 40. Doing business Hancock Street Corridor BusinessesSelect Business Type Count of BusinessesGrocery and Convenience Stores 15Salons and Personal Care 39Restaurants & Cafés 34Elderly/ Youth Support and social 21organizationsLegal Services 22Travel, Rental, and Banking Services 45Medical Services 20Source: MAPC Analysis, Info-group 2011 data 
    • 41. What should the economic development funding priorities be?1. Business Expansions/Loans 12%2. Commercial Rehabilitation 24%3. Job Creation 38%4. Job Training and Placement 26%
    • 42. Family Household Size, 2010 Living Family Household Size, 2010 Asian Households Asian Households Non-Asian Households Non 2 people 2 people 5% 5% 2% 3 people 3 people 7% 7% 6% 6% 26% 26% 4 people 4 people11% 11% 5 people 17% 5 people 17% 48% 6 people 6 people 7+ people 7+ people24% 24% 27% 27% 25% 25% Family Household Si Asian Households 2 people 5% 3 people 6% 26% 4 people 11% 5 people 6 people 7+ people 24% 27%
    • 43. LivingHancock Street Corridor-Housing Stock Housing Type No. of Properties No. of UnitsSingle Family 40% 22%2-3 Family 22% 26%Apartment 6% 32%Condominium 30% 17%Group Quarters 0.2% 2%Mixed Use 2% 2%
    • 44. What should the housing development funding priorities be?1. More affordable rental housing 20%2. Assistance to rehab homes 8%3. Energy improvements 15%4. Mitigating lead-based paint hazards 2%5. Historical preservation 5%6. More affordable homes 43%7. Assistance with rent 6%
    • 45. Playing “Most kids in the area have a park or two within walking distance, and many can walk to school, which is great. Shopping areas have a lot of character thanks to all the small, locally-owned businesses.”“Reviving theWollaston Theater(Wolly!) seems like itcould be a major boonnot only for theWollaston area, butalso for the wholecity.”
    • 46. What are the Neighborhood’s business attractions?1. Dining out 53%2. Grocery Shopping 23%3. Personal Care (e.g., salon, spa) 3%4. Consumer products (e.g., clothes)) 7%5. Professional Services (e.g., legal) 0%6. Cultural, social, entertainment 6%7. Health care 2%8. Religious purposes 6% 47
    • 47. Getting around Hancock Street Corridor Parking Lots Land Use Acres Parking SpotsCommercial/ MBTA 57 6,244Other Developed 3 283Residential 15 1,627Total 75 8,153Source: MAPC Analysis
    • 48. Getting around Hancock Street Corridor Crash Data- 2009Crash Severity Total CrashesNon-fatal injury 27Property damage only (none 179injured)Not Reported 17Unknown 6Grand Total 229Number of crashes involving non-motorists= 12Source: MassDOT 2009  
    • 49. Final Meeting
    • 50. Lessons Learned• General • Being flexible with the project scope, especially when testing new product/ idea • Need for a clear communications and outreach plan – kick off, walkshop, connecting to local press • Importance of the outreach plan to create a level playing field for opening discussions (who is in an who is out, who is the decision maker, etc.) • The Role of Youth: Youth issues are a serious platform for discussion about opportunities and local issues, not ancillary • Learning the right time to engage, especially in absence of community “urgency”
    • 51. Lessons Learned• Project Specific • MAPC is learning how to advance political discussions/ rights and decision-makers, facilitating and representing both groups • Staff transition did not shift commitments/ expectations • Challenges of working with a nonprofit expanding their service area during a visioning process (if relying on NPO to engage non-traditional participants – ref. Jane Jacobs systems planning) • Challenge of engaging and relying upon a Task Force for outreach and facilitation
    • 52. Lessons Learned• Project Specific • Neighborhood in transition, tension between new immigrant community establishes itself • Working with an established organization – not a way to make in-roads • The game - Less missions, shorter in length and need for focus on the commercial corridor • Outreach process gave city community needs data, influencing spending allocations for CDBG/ HOME program
    • 53. Moving ForwardMAPC - Sustainable CommunitiesAnalyzing Opportunities and Impediments toTOD•Wollaston MBTA Station
    • 54. Quincy Community PlanIt:More Engaging Planning for All Q&A