COOPERATING TO CREATE VIBRANT NEIGHBORHOOD CENTERS
ommunity, government, and
private investors must allwork together to create tran-sit-oriented developments andneighborhood centers that meeteach groups individual needs.Seemingly disparate issues must beaddressed and balanced.Collaboration, cooperation, andcompromise are necessary to get toprojects that are financially feasible,community-supportive, and advance
District-wide goals. Each group has
a stake in the outcome and there-fore must be a partner in the plan-ning and development of their com-mon goal: strong, stable, active andvibrant neighborhood centersserved by transit.
Because community members live in the neigh-borhood day in and day out, they have a specialstake in development. But who is “the commu-
nity”? Often a community has many voices and
many perspectives. Some community membersseek better retail, housing and employmentoptions. Other residents are concerned thatnew development will change their communitycharacter, be out of scale with the rest of the
neighborhood, and bring more traffic. A suc-cessful planning process provides enough roomand opportunity for all voices to be heard andconsidered. However, it is the responsibility ofthe community to participate constructively andcollaboratively with the other stakeholders inthe process, to understand the constraints andgoals of other partners, and to work to a mutu-ally beneficial and workable plan.
Community input and planning is necessary toadapt general design principles into specificstrategies for unique neighborhood areas.