PART 4: SUMMARY OF RESULTS & POTENTIAL ACTIONS
- Very few of the resident identified curbs, alleys and sidewalks have been improved since the 2002 needs assessment
- Identify city policies, agencies and resident responsibilities in infrastructure improvements.
- Lobby public officials for neighborhood improvements by a targeted deadline.
- Consider how private uses of City Park pavilion can provide tax revenue for surrounding communities and their infrastructure needs
- Link neighborhood needs with larger city-wide infrastructure initiatives, such as the “Living Streets Task Force” and the transportation committee of the Inter-Neighborhood Cooperation.
Youth & Senior Services
- Most residents consider the closure of the YMCA a negative impact on the community, representing a significant loss of youth and senior services.
- Most residents would like to see the YMCA developed into an intergenerational community center with the adjacent open space enhanced as an outdoor play and public space for families.
- A task force has been established to work on the redevelopment of the YMCA property.
- A survey of surrounding communities that could potentially benefit from a new community center are underway.
- Lobby public officials, private developers, private businesses and foundations to purchase, redevelop and manage the facility.
- Link neighborhood needs with larger city-wide parks and recreation initiatives, such as the “Parks and Recreation Task Force.”
- Work with university architecture, landscape architecture and planning students to produce a community design vision and program for a new facility.
- City Park, Ben’s Supermarket and Frank’s Market are the most used community businesses or resources.
- Most residents do not frequent local businesses because they do not provide the services or products residents desire or close to early.
- Most residents favor attracting independent businesses.
- Most residents would like to have a grocery store and new restaurants in the neighborhood.
- Create a task force to develop strategies that attract new businesses
- Build upon the existing market analysis for the community
- Determine extent of absentee business owners and incentives for invigorating existing businesses
- Lobby public officials for designation of 28th Avenue and Colorado Boulevard as urban enterprise zones.
- The community is diverse and changing.
- Most households have no children, but those that do have children under the age of 5 have increased since 2000.
- Income diversity reflects influx of young urban professionals into the community, stable families that have resided in the community for generations and persons living in poverty.
- The average family income has increased since 2000.
- The percentage of families living in poverty seems to be increasing.
- Demographic trends suggest the neighborhood is in a preliminary phase of gentrification.
- Develop a community vision and action plan to retain neighborhood diversity.
- Research city-wide policies and laws that promote equitable development practices.
- Lobby public officials for tax deferment opportunities so longtime residents are not priced out of the housing market.
- Link efforts with communities undergoing similar trends to determine best practices.
- Develop a neighborhood plan.