The Hopewell Goals Survey was open in January 2020. After asking people to share which neighborhood they lived in, we offered a handful of questions for reflection. Note that these questions asked people to write out their ideas; no multiple choices that force people to choose pre-ordained priorities, or to select a single goal above all others.
Ecosystems loop and overlap, and the natural world thrives through redundancy; ideas, goals, and objectives also loop and overlap, and communities benefit from noticing and tending to those overlaps. As the survey said: These questions are framed from a permaculture design perspective –grounded in ethical care of the Earth, people, and the future.
Here are the questions we asked and the most-common answers, grouped by theme. By no means are all responses included–see below for how we selected information for this website. For questions about the full survey results, contact Hopewell Group.
1. Please take some time to share 3-5 specific goals you have for this project.
2. What are your top 3 priorities for the project in terms of sustainability? (examples might include: requiring passive solar construction, minimizing impervious surfaces, requiring as much energy be produced on-site as possible, including food-growing areas, increasing biodiversity in green spaces, minimizing car use, using bio-swales to clean water throughout, managing water usage for positive effect down-stream, etc….).
3. What are your top 3 priorities for caring for people on-site? (Examples might be: community center, education, artist spaces, low-income housing, office space for businesses).
4. Are there any stakeholders in this project that you would especially like to see involved?
5. What have we missed at this point?
Several “themes” were brought up repeatedly. Through group process at our meeting on January 27, 2020, we narrowed the responses down to twelve loose categories. The specifics within the responses varied slightly, but if a particular theme seemed present in at least three responses, we considered it significant; those common and related responses are posted below.
Our citizens come from different backgrounds, experiences, and levels of education–a business owner may not know a thing about watersheds; a social worker, a botanist, and a builder may view a Downtown-adjacent property in very different ways. This is why we advocate for the widest possible range of voices at the redevelopment planning table.
Some responses were focused more on social design (italic); other ideas addressed physical design (plain text).
Community social engagement
Good social spaces * Gathering spaces * Meeting place * Community center * Recreation center with pool * Recreation spaces * Welcoming for low-income people, not just wealthy * Citizen input * Public input * Prompt Care * Services for addiction treatment * Arts spaces * Water and art features that attract gathering
Green space * Gardens * Gardens for food * Permaculture design principles * Leave the area as green space until there’s a good plan * Sustainable natural areas * Green space as food, shelter, water for humans and other creatures * Honoring the land * Overlooked by residences and apartments (courtyard like)
Affordable * Affordable and diverse * Affordable for elders * Housing income qualified * Low income * <$500/month * Rent control
Walkability / bike-ability * Walkable * Walkable / bikeable * Walkable across 2nd St to Bldg Trades Park * Walkable amenities * Bike/ped connectivity to Kroger, Switchyard Park, Downtown * Walk/bike paths within * Bikeable
Energy sustainability and waste
Low carbon footprint * Sustainable demolition recycles and repurposes. No waste. * Reuse as much infrastructure as possible * Minimizing waste * Sustainable, 100% electric * Solar/wind plus geothermal * Energy efficient * Minimize infrastructure
All local. No chainstores! * Local builders, local businesses * Locals who care about the future of the site and town * Jewish deli * Mixed retail and commercial * Commercial mixed use * Commercial small spaces * Cafes, florists, specialty stores
Housing design / variety
Mixed affordable * Mixed-income * Multi-family * High density * Small lots * Diverse—single family, apartments, plexes * No mono-culture development, no single developer apartments or business blocks (social and physical) * Rent, own, multi-income
Innovative asset for the area (social and physical) * Innovative for inhabitants and visitors (social and physical) * New, mind blowing * Global model * Urbanesque * Legacy that heals and holds the spirit of the place * Small-scale implementation * Sustainable natural building methods (strawbale, timberframing)
Reflective of our values
Connectivity fits in with Prospect Hill and McDoel Gardens * Define all goals in technical language for professional planners to implement * Feasible, reasonable, practical * Genius Loci
Transportation design: vehicles and streets
Bus accessible * Cars away from residences * Cars parking away from living and work * Less parking, less asphalt * Narrow streets
Community quality of life
Welcoming for low-income people, not just wealthy * Quality long-term healthy, happy, not power over, but empowerment * An environment people think is beneficial * Sustainable economic framework
Housing for the homeless
Housing for Homeless * Address homelessness * Transitional for Homeless