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Mayor Hicks-Hudson Lightning Round at 2015 Cluster Workshop

The CEOs for Cities’ Annual Workshop is an event which brings multi-sector leaders together from across the country. With the overarching goal to promote a more collaborative civic culture, the workshops succeed through a series of panel discussions, break-out sessions, lectures and roundtables. Attendees are also invited to enjoy other events, meals and field trips conveniently scheduled in celebration of the host city. The 2015 workshop will be held June 10-12th in beautiful Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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Mayor Hicks-Hudson Lightning Round at 2015 Cluster Workshop

  1. 1. Junction Avenue Urban Waters Project CEO’s for Cities June 12, 2015
  2. 2. “Working with Residents to Plan for Green Infrastructure”  Project term – July 1, 2014 – December 31, 2015  Goal – Engage Community in Developing a community greening/green infrastructure plan for the Junction Ave neighborhood, Toledo  Outcomes:  Update the community’s revitalization plan with goals for green infrastructure  Residents engaged in WQ issues and green infrastructure planning for their neighborhood  Increased communication of resident needs to decision-makers  Deliverables:  Water quality education events, design charrettes, community greening plan
  3. 3. Environmental Justice (EJ) EPA definition –  “fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies.”  EJ will be achieved when everyone enjoys the same degree of protection from environmental and health hazards and equal access to the decision-making process to have a healthy environment in which to live, learn, and work. Four Pillars of Environmental Justice  Environmental Justice  Social Justice  Economic Justice  Peace Education
  4. 4. Why the Junction Neighborhood?
  5. 5.  “The Junction” is a LIVING, LEARNING COMMUNITY group formed to address safety, blight, vacancy, and economic concerns in the Junction Avenue neighborhood  Vision: Viable voice for the neighborhood to promote a living, learning community  Goal: to create a viable, safe, and sustainable community for all generations
  6. 6. Partners/Advisory Committee Governmental Partners • USEPA Urban Waters • City of Toledo Division of Environmental Services • City of Toledo Division of Engineering Services • Toledo Lucas County Plan Commission • Lucas County Land Bank • Toledo City Council (District 4) Community Partners  Frederick Douglass Community Association  Pickett Academy Community Hub  The Coalition of Junction Avenue Pastors  University of Toledo Urban Affairs Center  The Arts Commission  Neighborhood Business Owners  Neighborhood Homeowners  Community Leaders
  7. 7. Community engagement Creating a relevant and engaging program  Provide materials that reach all education levels –visual  Survey to determine relevance to community (relevance=investment in outcomes)  Ongoing communication and regular community events  Community representation on Advisory Committee
  8. 8. Polling Outcomes 11% 22% 13% 8% 13% 15% 12% 6% What types of green infrastructure would residents like to see in the Junction Neighborhood? Community Green Spaces Focus on Re- building Green Along Streets Green Roofs and Walls Permeable Pavements Plant Trees Rain Garden Restore Nature
  9. 9. Community Mapping Outcomes No ability to assemble lots Best potential to assemble Lots 2015-2016 Demos Vacant Lots
  10. 10. What’s Next?  Urban Agriculture Community Conversation  Continue Green Infrastructure Conversation  Selecting sites for these  Business Development  Develop visual model to communicate to community  Continue Surveys  Revised Plan with greening, urban agriculture, and education goals built in
  11. 11. Demo at 719 Hoag (Near Pickett Elementary) 06-00177 719 HOAG ST 43607 Acquired Demolition OHFA - Batch 3 Will Come Down Late Spring/Early Summer
  12. 12. Lots Adjacent to 719 Hoag (Near Pickett Elementary)
  13. 13. Plans for 719 Hoag  Demo Building and install Pilot Green Infrastructure Installation  Funds immediately available  Multi-use community gathering and education space  Community Garden  Outdoor Learning Lab – Pickett  peace ed curriculum
  14. 14. Longer Term Goals Urban Agriculture Sites Distribution Sites Education Community Centeredness
  15. 15. How can community be involved?  Like Facebook Page for Updates and to communicate your vision for Junction   Join Junction Planning Committees  Are you a leader? Join the leadership development team.
  16. 16. Mayor Paula Hicks-Hudson City of Toledo 419-245-1001 Thank You!