Cat Dodson Goodrich


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Cat Dodson Goodrich is the Director of Community
Engagement for Chelsea Neighborhood Developers. In this PowerPoint presentation she outlines her work with CND's Community Engagement program.

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  • Interculturalism implies that we plan with and not just for our diverse communities and that we actively engage with managing differences in our practice
    We conducted research this spring to understand whether the concept of cultural competency, frequently applied in the field of public health, has found its place in planning curricula
    I give an overview of what culturally competent planning is, share highlights from our study’s findings, and discuss its implications for the future
  • Chelsea is an historic but largely low-income gateway community that is home to a richly diverse population of first and second generation immigrants. According to the American Community Survey (2005-2007), 67% of Chelsea residents are part of a minority population, and 40% of the population is foreign born. The majority of Chelsea’s immigrants are from Latin America and the Caribbean, though sizeable populations of Somali-Bantu, Sudenese, Congolese, Cape Verdean, Moroccan, Vietnamese, Bosnian, and Iraqi reside in Chelsea.
  • We believe there’s a strong relationship between the built environment and community stability – evidenced by our work in the Box District, which is an intercultural, mixed-income neighborhood we’ve built over the past four years.
  • This is what the Box District looks like now!
  • City officials, CND staff, CDRC, residents, and other stakeholders created the plan together; all are invested in carrying it out. Partnering with CND meant the city and planners were able to draw on all of our connections in the community (remember all of those neighborcircles?) to bring a broad group to the table. Involving grassroots leaders in the process meant that solutions included in the plan actually address the top concerns of the community, and improve life on the ground in that neighborhood.
  • Cat Dodson Goodrich

    1. 1. Planning for the INTERcultural City Practice + Visions Tufts University Intercultural Planning Group October 22, 2010
    2. 2. Cat Dodson Goodrich, Director of Community Engagement, Chelsea Neighborhood Developers Planning for the INTERcultural City
    3. 3. Planning for the Intercultural City Tufts University Urban + Environmental Policy and Planning October 22, 2010 Cat Dodson Goodrich
    4. 4. CND builds great neighborhoods: – real estate development to strengthen housing markets and to expand affordable housing inventory; – resident asset development to increase family prosperity; and – community engagement to foster a resilient social fabric and civic infrastructure.
    5. 5. CND’s Community Engagement program • Build relationships • Create social capital • Encourage civic leadership
    7. 7. Neighborhood Stabilization Initiative and NeighborCircles in the Box District and North Bellingham Hill
    8. 8. Neighborhood Planning
    9. 9. North Bellingham Hill Revitalization Plan – Action plan for City, CND, and residents
    10. 10. 4 Charrettes enabled residents and city officials to envision a new future for the neighborhood
    11. 11. NeighborCircle leaders participated and brought others to the table
    12. 12. Community Design Resource Center paired volunteer architects and planners with CND to guide the process
    13. 13. Outcomes from Revitalization Plan • $860,000 investment promised by city and state officials for: – New park in the Box District – Street repaving – Traffic Calming • Speed limit on Grove reduced from 30 to 20 MPH. • The city stepped up code enforcement efforts in North Bellingham Hill; weekly Inspectional Services staff (who are responsible for code enforcement) meet with the Police to coordinate their activities. • Two foreclosed properties acquired by CND were rehabbed and occupied; three additional properties are in development. • Residents committed to support safety by calling the police; 5 beer houses shut down as a result. • Trash Task Force established by the city to test solutions to trash problems in North Bellingham Hill • CND continues community and asset building activities; plans for new Family Economic Center in the neighborhood.
    14. 14. Planning Strategies • PARTNER and COLLABORATE: – Increases commitment, credibility, applicability.
    15. 15. Planning Strategies • Place Matters: – Familiar, well-marked, accessible – Childcare and food are essential • Pay attention to Process: – Test ideas; get feedback; adjust; work for buy-in – Good facilitators make space for different ways of contributing. – Be willing to consider different approaches and accommodate unexpected outcomes.
    16. 16. • Use the right TOOLS: – Creative strategies are appropriate and accessible, and allow input from a variety of participants – Community guides – Simultaneous translation and bilingual facilitators
    17. 17. • Use the right tools: – Pictures help create a sense of what is possible – Stickers and post-its allow for feedback
    18. 18. • Plan while doing: – Concrete results and immediate, visible impact raise expectations and build momentum
    19. 19. • Cat Dodson Goodrich, Director of Community Engagement, Chelsea Neighborhood Developers • Cat Dodson Goodrich, Director of Community Engagement, Chelsea Neighborhood Developers • Cat Dodson Goodrich, Director of Community Engagement, Chelsea Neighborhood Developers