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Implementation
Lessons Learned: Common Challenges
• Communities with trust issues require more
intensive engagement, higher levels of
inv...
Myth: People are Apathetic
Truth: People are hungry for
meaningful involvement
Indianapolis
Case Study – Birmingham, AL
Impact
Frustration
• "I think everyone in the neighborhood is tired," said Patricia
Montgomery. Montgomery and others are tired o...
Immediate Outcomes
• “it is a plan than we can use as a guide as we
go back to restoring our community to not just
the way...
Birmingham R/UDAT Outcomes
• $8 million in federal funds within 2
months
• June 2012 – TIGER Grant of $10
million
• “The c...
Two Year Anniversary - 2013
Community Engagement – Boerne, TX
• Survey
• Website
• Multi-media films
• Flyers
• Banners
• Student Book
• Press
• Utili...
Boerne Process
Studio
Outcomes
Implementation: The Design
Assistance Model
Most Communities Today
“If we can just get that
one, big, transformational
investment done, it will
change everything for ...
The Snowball Effect
“a figurative term for a process
that starts from an initial state
of small significance and builds
up...
MOMENTUM!
MOMENTUM
MOMENTUM
MOMENTUM
CASE STUDY:
Port Angeles, Washington
(Population: 17,000)
2009 Project
Prioritization
• Staff picked through
and identified
implementation
items
• Survey at Public
Meeting
• Committee Review
an...
1. Parking study in the downtown area.
2. Increase housing opportunity and multi‐use buildings in
downtown.
3. Institute t...
What success looks like in Port
Angeles, Washington
Port Angeles, WA 2009 Project: 2 months later, 43 buildings repainted with
volunteers and donated paint, (at least 3,500 v...
Bike Facilities
Wayfinding & Signage
Implementation
Today, major investments all over town
Some
Examples:
Waterfront
Redevelopment
$17 million
Marine
Campus
Fa...
Waterfront: from Team Process to
Masterplan to groundbreaking , to…
Realizing Their Aspirations, in
5 years
Bringing People Back to the
Waterfront
Creating an Attractive Sense
of Place
Transforming Downtown:
Before
Transforming Downtown: After
Snowball Effect: $100 Million+
Leveraging Investment for
Placemaking
They are already in construction
for phase 2
MOMENTUM!
MOMENTUM
MOMENTUM
MOMENTUM
Newport, VT R/UDAT
(2009)
Context
• “Northeast Kingdom”
• Rural, Extremely Isolated
• Canadian Border
• Last town in state to receive
downtown desig...
2009 - Civic Pride Paradox
“I’ve seen Newport come, and I’ve seen it go.”
- Lifelong Newport resident
‘Sugar on Snow’ Event Kickoff –
Newport, VT
R/UDAT Formats
Contests/Competitions – Newport, VT
Catalyst for Action
• “I don’t think this is one of those things that
will sit on a shelf…this is about stimulating
though...
Newport – Two Years Later
• Civic “Attitude Adjustment”
– “When you have people working together, things
can happen and do...
Wayfinding &
Signage
Form Based Code
• 2011 – Newport receives Foreign Trade Zone status
• 2011 – Canadian manufacturing firm co-locates here
• 2011 – 2012 – V...
a six-story commercial and residential
block -$70 million
Momentum!
Case Study - East Nashville, TN
• Tornado, 1998. One year later: “today many in East
Nashville feel that the tornado recov...
R/UDAT Outcomes
• Rediscover East! Formed
• CDBG and HUD funds
• Kroger re-opened grocery stores
• Town Square urban desig...
R/UDAT Impacts in large cities over
the years…
• San Francisco
(Embarcadero)
• Portland (Pearl District)
• Seattle (Downto...
Portland, OR - 1983
Portland Impact
Today: The Pearl District
San Francisco - 1984
Today: Iconic Place
“You gave us hope. Back in 1992, your ideas seemed
like dreams. Now we are living those dreams.”
– Rick Smith, San Angelo ...
The ‘Snowball Effect’ of DATs
Civic Transformation=$$$
• Crowdfunded first project – Celebration Bridge
• total amount of public and private dollars tha...
20 years later…
• “When I tell my younger friends about the part you
played in revitalizing our city, they think it's an u...
Every community has the potential to
develop the civic capacity for success
A Dublin Design
Action Team Model
Key Questions
• Who do we need to have involved from the
beginning to ensure full-scale
implementation?
• How can we ensur...
Design Assistance: Implementation Success Models
Design Assistance: Implementation Success Models
Design Assistance: Implementation Success Models
Design Assistance: Implementation Success Models
Design Assistance: Implementation Success Models
Design Assistance: Implementation Success Models
Design Assistance: Implementation Success Models
Design Assistance: Implementation Success Models
Design Assistance: Implementation Success Models
Design Assistance: Implementation Success Models
Design Assistance: Implementation Success Models
Design Assistance: Implementation Success Models
Design Assistance: Implementation Success Models
Design Assistance: Implementation Success Models
Design Assistance: Implementation Success Models
Design Assistance: Implementation Success Models
Design Assistance: Implementation Success Models
Design Assistance: Implementation Success Models
Design Assistance: Implementation Success Models
Design Assistance: Implementation Success Models
Design Assistance: Implementation Success Models
Design Assistance: Implementation Success Models
Design Assistance: Implementation Success Models
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Design Assistance: Implementation Success Models

  1. 1. Implementation
  2. 2. Lessons Learned: Common Challenges • Communities with trust issues require more intensive engagement, higher levels of involvement
  3. 3. Myth: People are Apathetic Truth: People are hungry for meaningful involvement
  4. 4. Indianapolis
  5. 5. Case Study – Birmingham, AL
  6. 6. Impact
  7. 7. Frustration • "I think everyone in the neighborhood is tired," said Patricia Montgomery. Montgomery and others are tired of seeing their neighborhood look the way it does. Trees are still down, homes have been abandoned. While many are rebuilding, others are not and Montgomery says lately it doesn't seem like a whole lot of work is being done. "I understand it's going to take a while to get stuff done but when you look out your house everyday and you see trees just laying, dead trees just laying there it makes you like, I'm so sick of this," said Montgomery. "I'm willing to get out there and help. My neighbors, I'm sure there are willing to get out there and help but we don't know where to start."
  8. 8. Immediate Outcomes • “it is a plan than we can use as a guide as we go back to restoring our community to not just the way it was, but better than it was before.”- Mayor William Bell • ‘Greater Pratt Partnership’
  9. 9. Birmingham R/UDAT Outcomes • $8 million in federal funds within 2 months • June 2012 – TIGER Grant of $10 million • “The coalition of communities and organizations that have come together behind this grant is incredibly impressive. I think we all know we are working in an environment of finite resources, so from a federal standpoint it is always extraordinarily helpful to see a large commitment from the local community, the private and public sector and the region as a whole behind one project.” – Federal official • 2013: another $17 million in federal community block grants
  10. 10. Two Year Anniversary - 2013
  11. 11. Community Engagement – Boerne, TX • Survey • Website • Multi-media films • Flyers • Banners • Student Book • Press • Utility Mailers • Door Contest • Event kick-off
  12. 12. Boerne Process
  13. 13. Studio
  14. 14. Outcomes
  15. 15. Implementation: The Design Assistance Model
  16. 16. Most Communities Today “If we can just get that one, big, transformational investment done, it will change everything for us.” [years of effort…no visual progress during this time…loss of excitement…bottom falls out.]
  17. 17. The Snowball Effect “a figurative term for a process that starts from an initial state of small significance and builds upon itself, becoming larger and faster at every stage” Applied to a community, this is a transformational principle…
  18. 18. MOMENTUM! MOMENTUM MOMENTUM MOMENTUM
  19. 19. CASE STUDY: Port Angeles, Washington (Population: 17,000) 2009 Project
  20. 20. Prioritization • Staff picked through and identified implementation items • Survey at Public Meeting • Committee Review and Prioritization
  21. 21. 1. Parking study in the downtown area. 2. Increase housing opportunity and multi‐use buildings in downtown. 3. Institute the use of form based codes rather than conventional zoning. 4. Remove the parking regulations in downtown and let the market drive parking. 5. Return the Farmer's Market to the downtown area. 6. Signage and wayfinding system for pedestrian and vehicles. 7. Improve existing buildings (appearance, facades, etc. in downtown and elsewhere). 8. Provide visitor information kiosks. 9. Create an entryway monument. 10. Create nodes / centers of key intersections. Immediate Implementation
  22. 22. What success looks like in Port Angeles, Washington
  23. 23. Port Angeles, WA 2009 Project: 2 months later, 43 buildings repainted with volunteers and donated paint, (at least 3,500 volunteer hours, or roughly $66,500 worth of donated labor) led to a façade improvement program, then private $
  24. 24. Bike Facilities
  25. 25. Wayfinding & Signage
  26. 26. Implementation Today, major investments all over town Some Examples: Waterfront Redevelopment $17 million Marine Campus Facility $12 million
  27. 27. Waterfront: from Team Process to Masterplan to groundbreaking , to…
  28. 28. Realizing Their Aspirations, in 5 years
  29. 29. Bringing People Back to the Waterfront
  30. 30. Creating an Attractive Sense of Place
  31. 31. Transforming Downtown: Before
  32. 32. Transforming Downtown: After
  33. 33. Snowball Effect: $100 Million+ Leveraging Investment for Placemaking
  34. 34. They are already in construction for phase 2
  35. 35. MOMENTUM! MOMENTUM MOMENTUM MOMENTUM
  36. 36. Newport, VT R/UDAT (2009)
  37. 37. Context • “Northeast Kingdom” • Rural, Extremely Isolated • Canadian Border • Last town in state to receive downtown designation • double-digit unemployment
  38. 38. 2009 - Civic Pride Paradox “I’ve seen Newport come, and I’ve seen it go.” - Lifelong Newport resident
  39. 39. ‘Sugar on Snow’ Event Kickoff – Newport, VT
  40. 40. R/UDAT Formats
  41. 41. Contests/Competitions – Newport, VT
  42. 42. Catalyst for Action • “I don’t think this is one of those things that will sit on a shelf…this is about stimulating thought about what could happen. Above all, you have to be patient. When you see the right things coming together – and you see that in Newport – it’s cause for hope.” –Kevin Dorn, Secretary of Commerce & Community Development, State of Vermont
  43. 43. Newport – Two Years Later • Civic “Attitude Adjustment” – “When you have people working together, things can happen and do happen. That’s the most important change that has occurred – a change in attitude. All of a sudden, nothing is impossible.” – Newport Citizen
  44. 44. Wayfinding & Signage
  45. 45. Form Based Code
  46. 46. • 2011 – Newport receives Foreign Trade Zone status • 2011 – Canadian manufacturing firm co-locates here • 2011 – 2012 – Vermont biotech firm re-locates here • 2012 – 2013 – South Korean biotech firm co-locates here • 2013 – Senior residential resort is built • 2014 – Waterfront resort conference center opens • 2014 – Re-development of blighted block on Newport’s Main St. Newport 2.0: $250 Million in New Investments
  47. 47. a six-story commercial and residential block -$70 million
  48. 48. Momentum!
  49. 49. Case Study - East Nashville, TN • Tornado, 1998. One year later: “today many in East Nashville feel that the tornado recovery is stalled. ”The long term recovery hasn’t been as fast or as much as we’d hoped,“ says Lindsay Fairbanks, an East Nashville resident and real estate agent. “Blue tarps still flap in the wind. Recalcitrant insurance companies and inadequate insurance coverage frustrate the efforts of many to rebuild. East Nashville legend has it that some absentee landlords pocketed their payoffs and left for Europe, or at least to Destin. As a result, their damaged buildings were left behind to molder in the rain. And those with the funds and the will to build new structures on the vacant lots find themselves faced with a suburban-style zoning code more at home in Bellevue.” • R/UDAT – 800 participants, transformative community event that organized the neighborhood and aligned resources
  50. 50. R/UDAT Outcomes • Rediscover East! Formed • CDBG and HUD funds • Kroger re-opened grocery stores • Town Square urban design • “The R/UDAT empowered the whole community to identify a common direction and form the partnerships – and pools of capital – to make it a reality. The most significant outcome was the private investment that came after the R/UDAT. Investors and developers realized East Nashville’s significant potential.”-Architect magazine, 2011
  51. 51. R/UDAT Impacts in large cities over the years… • San Francisco (Embarcadero) • Portland (Pearl District) • Seattle (Downtown housing) • Denver (LoDo/16th Street mall) • Austin (Downtown Revitalization) • Santa Fe (Railyard Redevelopment/Park) • Process adaptation in US, UK and across Europe
  52. 52. Portland, OR - 1983
  53. 53. Portland Impact
  54. 54. Today: The Pearl District
  55. 55. San Francisco - 1984
  56. 56. Today: Iconic Place
  57. 57. “You gave us hope. Back in 1992, your ideas seemed like dreams. Now we are living those dreams.” – Rick Smith, San Angelo Times-Standard, 2012
  58. 58. The ‘Snowball Effect’ of DATs
  59. 59. Civic Transformation=$$$ • Crowdfunded first project – Celebration Bridge • total amount of public and private dollars that have been invested in the downtown has reportedly grown from less than $1 million to more than $55 million/yr. • In 2002, the San Angelo Area Foundation was created. In the past decade, it has received more than $92 million in donations from more than 3,500 different donors, and has distributed over $38 million in grants. One of its recent grants, to the Performing Arts Coalition, is part of a larger effort to raise $13.5 million to convert an old Coca-Cola warehouse into the San Angelo Performing Arts Center.
  60. 60. 20 years later… • “When I tell my younger friends about the part you played in revitalizing our city, they think it's an urban fairy tale: "Once upon a time, a group of architects, planners and urban design experts from around the nation volunteered to travel to San Angelo and work day and night to find ways to change the future of the city." – Rick Smith, San Angelo Times-Standard • “You didn't reshape downtown by yourself, of course. Many San Angeloans worked many years to transform the Historic City Center. But you affirmed our ideas, planted seeds and sketched a possible map for our future. And you gave us hope. Back in 1992, your ideas seemed like dreams. Now we are living those dreams.”
  61. 61. Every community has the potential to develop the civic capacity for success
  62. 62. A Dublin Design Action Team Model
  63. 63. Key Questions • Who do we need to have involved from the beginning to ensure full-scale implementation? • How can we ensure media saturation and buzz for the event? • How can we position civic organizations and citizens for collective action immediately following the event?

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