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Chapter 2: A Vision for the Future

Chapter 2: A Vision for the Future

Using the visioning toolkit, develop a vision for your community including a strategy for vacant and dilapidated property. The following are some questions to ponder as a vision for a community is developed.

Generative Questions:
- What do we like most about our community?
- What do we most want visitors to notice?
- Do we have enough of the right-sized housing to meet demand?
- Is there enough affordable housing?
- How can we make our community more attractive to business development?
- What can we do to retain our current residents?
- What would I want my community to look like once dilapidated buildings and/or vacant lots are eliminated?
- How can community groups, local government, non-profits and housing agencies work together to improve the condition of our community?

Invite as many stakeholders as possible. Here are some ideas about who you may want to include:
• Neighbors
• Local business owners
• Elected officials
• Code enforcement department
• Police department
• Fire department
• Utility department
• Board of education
• Hospital administrator
• College or university president
• Non-profit organizations
• Housing authorities
• Pastors of local churches
• Economic development authorities
• Family resource networks

It is important to have a vision beyond demolition. Vacant lots do not enhance a city’s marketability and can create its own variety of health and safety issues for the community. By establishing a vision, the community knows what priorities are important as it enlists help from city government and others to work toward their goals.

The Hub's Visioning Toolkit -- (Coming Soon)