The Miller Park community center played host to the “second chance” neighborhood planning gathering Thursday night for the Pike/Pine, Central Area, and Capitol Hill Neighborhoods.
About 40 people attended, with a majority coming from the central district, to discuss and gain community feedback on the 10-year-old neighborhood plans. This meeting was a special effort to confirm the community’s involvement, but David Goldberg from DPD explained that this is only a step to a plan update, as only a few neighborhood plans will qualify under the undetermined criteria for updating.
Those of you who took the city’s online neighborhood survey might recognize those — they’re the same questions the city asked on the Internet.
For Central Area, the immediate concern was the clumping of three different urban villages, Madison-Miller, 12th Ave., and 23rd & Union Jackson, despite differences in opinion within those communities and the separation of Pike/Pine from Capitol hill. While not complete, here is a summary of what was said at the meeting at the Central Area table lead by Adrienne Bailey.
- Increase in number of people in the community.
- Different demographic.
- Decrease in facilities per person.
- Housing that doesn’t attract a diverse cultures.
- The need for addressing green building.
- Rent difficulties for small businesses competing with “big box stores”
- “Slapping a name on a park is an insult not an attribute.” No historical explanation or relevance behind the names on city parks.
- Lack of marketing to minorities (African Americans, Asians, Jewish) to come back to the Central Area.
- Lack of local, small businesses. Again, being priced out by big buisness.
- No investments in the community: Resturants, dry cleaners…all services that you can come and leave with.
- Central Area is not a destination for people outside of the neigborhood to come and spend time/money.
- School closures.
- Commercial side (ie. Safeway housing on madison) worked, Pedestrian part failed.
- No center in 23rd & Jackson or 23rd and Union when they were supposed to both be “hubs”.
- Supposed to be a transportation hub…no light rail.
- Need data on: How people commute to work. Family information.
- Families aren’t going to pick our neighborhood if there is nothing for their kids to do.
- Implementation of the plan: how will changes come about, who is going to do it, how long will it take?
- The need for different urban villages to ban together?
- Concern with distribution of information Internet vs. paper.