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Community Development Series: Best Practices for Urban Revitalization

Updated: Jan 21

Best Practices for Urban Revitalization

Introduction: Welcome to the first installment of our Community Development Series, where we delve into the best practices for urban revitalization with a culture-based approach. At CLTRE, we believe in the power of community and collaboration to shine light on underserved, yet culturally rich neighborhoods.

Urban revitalization goes beyond mere development; it's about creating vibrant, sustainable, and inclusive communities.

As we explore the best practices in this series, we aim to inspire change and empower communities.

Best Practices for Urban Revitalization

1. Engage the Community:

Best Practices for Urban Revitalization
Community dancers performed at the renovated outdoor space during CLTRE Club's soft opening. This site, once an Enterprise Car Rental, has transformed into a budding community space and entrepreneur incubator.

Successful urban revitalization begins with community engagement. Involve residents, businesses, and stakeholders in the decision-making process. Conduct surveys, town hall meetings, and workshops to gather insights and foster a sense of ownership. When you are doing it with a culture-based framework you aren't afraid to do it in a way that meets people where they are and gives them a reason to gather in ways that are a natural part of the life they live.

2. Preserve The Culture:

Best Practices for Urban Revitalization
Artists @Juliet_elise_, @artchickjaya, @gsultimatic, and local entrepreneur @thebrittanyclaypool

Cultural preservation is integral to our approach because it puts people at the center of the framework. Keeping culture and celebrating the culturally richness of a neighborhood gives the people in the community something to be proud of. Identifying and preserving the cultural heritage of the community during revitalization efforts is instrumental to success. If you skip this step, you have missed the entire message behind the post. Find ways to celebrate diversity through public art installations, cultural events, and the integration of historical landmarks and people.

3. Integrate Creatives Into The Design Process:

Best Practices for Urban Revitalization
CLTRE cohort members @pilakava and @brndn_alxandr inside the newly designed CLTRE Club which used to house Enterprise Rental

Integrate creative (and sustainable) design principles into urban planning. Opt for the creative community to play as big of role in the process as green infrastructure, energy-efficient buildings, and eco-friendly transportation solutions. Creatives and artists have a unique way of looking at environments to create spaces that prioritize community (and environmental) stewardship that contribute to long-term sustainability because they can see themselves in the overall design.

4. Focus On Inclusive Economic Opportunities:

Best Practices for Urban Revitalization
Community members supporting CLTRE member @ronnies_italian_ice_

Promote inclusive economic growth by partnering with community based organizations who have their finger on the pulse of supporting local businesses and entrepreneurs. Support the establishment of programs that provide resources, training, and funding for underserved communities. Through collaboration, you can create unique opportunities for residents to actively participate in AND benefit from economic development.

5. Collaborate with Local Government:

Best Practices for Urban Revitalization
Roshaun Davis (Executive Director of CLTRE), Danielle Foster (Executive Director of CADA), Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg, and District 5 Councilmember Katie Valenzuela

Do what you can to forge strong partnerships with local government agencies. This not only streamlines the revitalization process, but it establishes a level of community trust that cuts through the red tape of community and government. It is important to advocate for policies that support community development and work collaboratively to address regulatory challenges.

6. Invest In Educational Initiatives For Locals:

Best Practices for Urban Revitalization
CLTRE cohort member @healthybalance3_nutrition pitching her service at an innovation Pitch Night

Investing in educational initiatives to empower local residents is key when it comes to Urban Revitalization. Offer skill development programs, workshops, and educational resources that enhance the capabilities of community members. Knowledge empowers individuals and contributes to the overall growth and sustainability of the community.

7. Adaptive Reuse of Spaces With Culture In Mind:

Best Practices for Urban Revitalization
Community members enjoying CLTRE's outdoor space that once was a parking lot of an old Enterprise Car Rental

Explore the options of adaptive reuse of existing spaces to safeguard the community's character. Converting historical structures into community hubs, art galleries, or collaborative workspaces not only preserves cultural heritage but also fuels economic revitalization.

Conclusion: Urban revitalization is a dynamic process that requires a holistic and innovative approach. By implementing these best practices, you too can contribute to the transformation of neighborhoods, fostering inclusivity, sustainability, and social equity like we do at CLTRE.

This is our first edition of our Community Development Series, where we delve into known strategies for fostering positive change within communities with a culture-based framework.

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*Photography by CLTRE Keeper cohort member Doug Cupid

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