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CREATING A VISION - FULFILLING A DREAM

Michael shared a favorite Chinese proverb - "Where there is no vision the people perish." Michael stated that a shared vision is essential to successful neighborhood revitalization. Following the discussion, each participant was given a handout entitled "Creating a Vision-Fulfilling a Dream".

What followed was a facilitated process whereby residents captured Joaquin's neighborhood now vis-a-vis it's strengths and weaknesses. Subsequently the following was recorded.

STRENGTHS

Historic District
Easy Access to A lot of Cultural Activities
Can Walk or Ride Bikes Anywhere
Mature Trees
Socially and Economically Diverse (including age and ethnicity)
Solid Elementary and Middle Schools. Bounded by University
Close to Banks, Post Office, Shopping and Other Amenities
Close to Mountains
Good Neighborhood Leaders
Officer "MARK" (a.k.a. Friendly)
New Library March 2001
Constant Influx of New Ideas and People
Lots of Students who want or get service opportunities
Stalwart Old Timers
A lot of potential for urban renewal and improvement
Well organized community based network
Terrific Housing Stock

WEAKNESSES

Sidewalks (not level)
Constituency that votes on issues that impacts Joaquin but are not necessarily neighborhood stakeholders.
Too many absentee landlords
Not sufficient rules for absentee landlords
Neighborhood exhaustion - fighting zoning issues and enforcement
Not having representation any potential representation by non-homeowners
Too many through streets
Not enough parking Illegal apartments
Non-observance of traffic laws
Not everyone respects values and recognize the neighborhood diversity
Neighborhood Apathy
Lack of access to capital for neighborhood improvements

Note: The above strengths and weaknesses respectively are unedited and are represented exactly as it was written. Neither the strengths nor weaknesses are listed in any prioritized way.

What followed then was a facilitated process whereby residents captured Joaquin's neighborhood vision. During this process the participants essentially were asked to complete this sentence, "My Neighborhood Will Be The Best When"... Subsequently, the written responses were grouped and categorized. The following categories and related comments were recorded.

"MY NEIGHBORHOOD WILL BE THE BEST WHEN"...

TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT

Traffic some how is more evenly dispersed through out the neighborhood
700 East becomes wider for bikes
Side streets are closed to through traffic > Traffic rules are obeyed
Get rid of the yield signs

"MY NEIGHBORHOOD WILL BE THE BEST WHEN"...

ZONING ENFORCEMENT & LEGISLATION

Stop rezoning our property
More down zoning takes place (West of 400 East)
Zoning laws are observed and enforced
High density and low density areas are separated and honored
Infrastructure is adequate for population, especially for parking, pedestrian, biking and auto traffic
Zoning is respected
The City sticks to its zoning and parking rules

"MY NEIGHBORHOOD WILL BE THE BEST WHEN"...

RESPONSIBLE PROPERTY STEWARDSHIP

All homes are maintained
No one parks on the lawns
Property owners obey city regulations, visitors respect the same
The landlords are held responsible for their property
Recognize the ways to solve problems even with absentee landlord
More absentee landlords are some how eliminated
Owner occupancy increases

"MY NEIGHBORHOOD WILL BE THE BEST WHEN"...

NEIGHBORHOOD BEAUTIFICATION

More trees are planted - sidewalks repaired - parks and playgrounds developed
Every homeowner is able to maintain their property adequately
We know how to promote and achieve improvement in a property that is going downhill
Historic homes are preserved
Homes and gardens are restored
Old, ugly homes tom down and replaced with good-looking homes. All structures maintained

"MY NEIGHBORHOOD WILL BE THE BEST WHEN"...

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

Neighborhood supports the Joaquin School
Joaquin is re-built - New School
The majority of the residents feel like they belong
People come together - come out for meetings - word gets out - people get involved.

"MY NEIGHBORHOOD WILL BE THE REST WHEN"...

OTHER SUGGESTIONS

Everyone is thoughtful
Diversity is valued by the City as well as residents
Value, recognize and respect neighborhood diversity > Differences are respected
New residents feel welcomed and informed
Get all neighborhood involved by improved communication
Around 75% or more in the neighborhood know when the next neighborhood meeting is
Neighbors organize and participate to improve > We know each other
Respect BYU Community > Have more families
We divide the neighborhood in half
 Recognize best solutions probably will come from those that live in the neighborhood

COMMITTEE SIGN-UP/WRAP-UP

Kena Mathews, Program Coordinator, reviewed the NHS Committee structure and encouraged attendees to sign up for NHS Committees.

NHS will work through Joaquin's neighborhood chairpersons in an effort to clarify any confusion or address any issues and concerns that resulted from the meeting.

The vision setting meeting ended at approximately 8:30pm.