NEXT Awards 01
Dec 6, 2022
Community Impact Assessment
What do you value most about your community?
Property values and the long-term trajectory of the neighborhood are encouraging
I love being able to walk to my favorite spots and the strong sense of community
I haven’t really thought about this before but like my neighbors
It has a lot of potential. I want to help it grow and thrive
How do you currently support your community?
Pay taxes and contribute economically, but finding the time for much else is too difficult
Donate to nonprofits and the causes I care about, while helping on projects however I can
Engage and volunteer with local organizations when I have the time, but I wish I could do more
Work closely with local nonprofits; spearhead major projects to improve the community
What’s the greatest advantage of urban living?
It makes getting to work convenient and I love being close to the action
It’s a fit for my lifestyle right now, but I haven’t considered any advantages long-term
The city offers everything I need to live an active, healthy, and fulfilling life in close proximity
It allows me a culturally rich life that promotes healthy living and environmental wellbeing
What would you say is the leading feature of a thriving neighborhood?
Successful, walkable commercial districts are the biggest difference maker for me
An infrastructure that makes transportation inclusive, safe, and easy for everyone
A strong core with vibrant spaces for citizens to gather and share in the culture
As long as I feel safe in my home I don’t need much more from the community or my neighbors
What do you consider your role as a citizen?
To be a community steward who works to preserve and improve my neighborhood
As long as I am obeying the laws and not harming anyone my duty is fulfilled
To help when called upon, otherwise stay out of the way for more experienced people and groups
To engage community stakeholders and be an advocate for well-guided change
As neighborhoods improve, finding affordable housing is a real problem. How important is affordable and workforce housing?
In a perfect world I’d love it, but it’s unrealistic to make affordable housing a priority
I think this is a serious issue and have ideas that might help, but it seems like too big of a project
I am working with local leaders and citizens to advance affordable housing initiatives and prevent gentrification
I have engaged with developers who prioritize placemaking to improve housing without displacement
Where do you think urban development should be focused?
Wherever it can make the greatest positive impact
Wherever will attract high net worth buyers
There’s no one place. My work is dedicated to improving my one-mile radius
On corridors near public transit and within walking distance of commercial centers
What are you doing to prioritize green and sustainable living?
It’s not a priority for me.
Everything I can. I’ve taken energy-saving measures on my home, I recycle and use public transit and I’m already actively involved in many community green initiatives
I recycle and I try to walk or bike instead of drive my car
I try to be environmentally responsible and would like to help my community do the same
How do you view your area’s maker community?
Their impact as cultural influencers is taken for granted. They need increased community support
Everyone has their own calling, but the rest of the community shouldn’t subsidize their lifestyle
Retaining a creative class is critical to a thriving community and something I work to preserve
I enjoy their work and presence, but I don’t think we need to build our communities around them
What is your vision of your community’s future?
I’m content with my community. Any development or major change would be disruptive
I have a plan and will work with community advocates to create a diverse, culturally rich, inclusive, economically equitable neighborhood
I live in the suburbs and would like to see the development of a strong community core where I live
I am hopeful that my work with local nonprofits will attract thoughtful developers
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