We understand that each district is different and the people that know places best are the ones that own pieces of it and are on the streets every day. So we listen to them. We ask them to tell us what the issues are, what they envision, and what the barriers are to get to that vision, and we listen.
Ideas provide a blue print for the future. Without a vision there is no blue print or plan to reach the goals necessary to solve problems, and rethink the spaces we use every day. Turning parking lots into plazas or parking spaces into curb cafes, we envision, and help stakeholders envision, ways to connect to their neighborhoods and bring community back to downtown.
Revitalization is created through education, organization, and change. In order to make better places, we need to teach people the processes and the options. We need to educate and empower people to become part of the process and not just be happy with status quo. We also need to be educated. We need to learn what will make each place better to its stakeholders by listening to them and making sure that whatever plan is made is what makes sense for each district. We organize all of that information and all of the stakeholders to work together, and then we...implement.
Without implementation you get great reports and not so great neighborhoods. You can learn all there is to know about a place, envision a brighter future, educate people on how to change, but without actually doing it, without actually putting your plan into action, you have nothing. We don't write reports (that's not entirely true, but its not all we do), we help places make plans that make sense for the community and then we roll up our sleeves and get to work. Implementation provides the structure on which the future is built, and we are builders. We are doers. Although we do write some reports, we'd rather be out building the future, building better places for everyone to experience.