Last night was the first public engagement workshop for the DRI (Downtown Revitalization Initiative)--the first of four. Additional public meetings for the DRI are expected to take place in November, December, and February.
After an introductory presentation by Steve Kearney, from the Stantec Urban Places Group, the members of the public, seated once again at primary school cafeteria tables, were asked to work in groups of ten to define what they believed to be priority projects for the BRIDGE District. (Just a reminder: The BRIDGE District is everything from Second Street to the river, and BRIDGE is an acronym for Build Renew Invent Develop Grow Empower.) After working together for half an hour, each group was to share the five projects they'd agreed upon as priorities.
When the fourteen tables reported their priorities, affordable was the word heard most often--affordable housing, affordable rental and commercial space, affordable restaurants, affordable food. Other terms heard with some frequency were food hub, connectivity, accessibility, and workforce development.
Dan Udell was there to videotape the event, and you can watch that video here.
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