Gravois-Jefferson Historic Neighborhoods Plan: Feedback and Takeaways from Public Kick-Off Meeting

Posted by Anne McCullough on November 20, 2016 | Comments Off on Gravois-Jefferson Historic Neighborhoods Plan: Feedback and Takeaways from Public Kick-Off Meeting

Feedback and Takeaways from Public Kick-Off Meeting

Hello! Thank you again for your participation at the Public Kick-Off event for the Gravois-Jefferson Historic Neighborhoods Plan.

Over the past few weeks, we have been working with residents and local stakeholders to determine community assets, challenges and opportunities; focus areas for intervention and community-led development; and priorities for the planning effort. With information gathered at our Kick-Off and our second Steering Committee meeting on November 10th, in addition to one-on-one and group meetings with people living and working in the area, we have compiled information that offers insight into our neighborhoods. You can check out all of the feedback and insights we gathered by CLICKING HERE.

We had more than 90 people attend the Kick-Off Event, contributing over 750 unique pieces of data. A few of our key takeaways from the event and other engagement efforts include:

The importance of bringing people of color and youth from these neighborhoods into the planning process

The Benton Park West, Gravois Park and Dutchtown Neighborhoods have strong assets from which to build, especially its diversity, density, and historic architecture

While many focus areas are interrelated, people continuously expressed the need for strategies that address health and safety, youth and families, and inclusive economic development

Residents have also been mapping the strengths, opportunities and challenges in their neighborhoods. This information can be found through the interactive map on our website:

At our Steering Committee meeting last week, Committee Members developed a draft Neighborhood Vision Statement, discussed the application of a racial equity lens for the planning effort, provided feedback on our work, and made recommendations for continued community collaboration.

We are thrilled with the enthusiasm and support that has surrounded this effort, and look forward to carrying the momentum into our 1st Public Working Meeting, to be held on November 29th at 6:30PM at the Thomas Dunn Learning Center. We will be focusing on the theme of “people” as a lens for developing strategies and recommendations for the neighborhoods. Please come and bring your neighbors!

Thank you for your guidance and support throughout the beginning of this process. As always, feel free to reach out with any questions or feedback you may have. We look forward to what’s next


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