As has been mentioned several times in this document, simply creating and publishing this document is not necessarily helpful. The conversation needs to continue beyond the publication date. With that in mind, North Limestone CDC staff have determined several ways to keep the conversation going.
There were several aspects of community development in the North End that were not adequately addressed in this document’s current form. This does not mean that these issues were deemed less important, but that the North Limestone CDC was funded to examine the areas that were included in the document, and did not have funding to consider those that were omitted.
In order to address this issue, North Limestone CDC staff has created a schedule to add to the document the topics that are missing. It should be up to the organization, and the community that it serves, to self-organize around these topics, and solicit funding if necessary.
Schedule for North Limestone Cultural Plan Additions:
- Housing - Summer 2017
- Community & Social Services - Winter 2017
- Transportation - Summer 2018
- Education - Winter 2018
- Healthcare - Summer 2019
Each of these additions should be based in community dialogue, as well as research into national best practices and data from the existing conditions of the neighborhood. All forms of engagement should follow the principles set forth in the previous section. It is recommended that the North Limestone CDC forms a small committee for each of these topics that includes a staff person from the CDC, a relevant local expert from the field, and more than three North End residents. These committee structures have the potential to make the process more immersed in the community and could bring more energy to the issues.
While this plan is rooted in community opinions, it needs to have the flexibility to respond to changing opinions and a changing context. As such, the North Limestone CDC should create ways to provide constant input to what already exists in this document, through the engagement methods already used to create this document, as well as other methods.
What follows is a systematic way to provide one annual update per topic that can be compiled and released as an annual “Cultural Plan Update”, as well as a few specific next steps for certain topics. All of these methods for updating the Cultural Plan should be open to radical changes, as the community sees fit.
Updating the Cultural Plan
Culture & Assets - Update in 2017 by conducting an asset inventory of the North End as discussed in the Recommendations. Annually updated through a community forum and two “radical walks.”
Services - Update in 2017 by completing a study on housing issues in the North End to add to the Cultural Plan, as well as continuing to host community meetings about services that are needed in the neighborhood. Annually updated through Fall 2019 according to the schedule in the previous section.
- Businesses - Update in 2017 by encouraging businesses to reestablish the North Limestone Business Association, making sure to include residents so that the efforts of the NLBA are rooted in what the community needs. Annually updated through recommendations from the NLBA and residents.
- Food Access - Update in 2017 by working with already existing initiatives to create a framework for accomplishing the recommendations outlined in the Cultural Plan. Annually updated through community conversations and dinners.
- Public Space - Update in 2017 by working with residents create a framework, timeline, and system of prioritization for accomplishing recommendations in the Cultural Plan. Annually updated through recorded community conversations with city staff about public space projects.
- Public Art - Update in 2017 by designing and launching the North End Public Art Toolkit, as well as facilitating the creation of a neighborhood public arts board. Annually updated through recorded community conversations.
- Arts & Creativity - Update in 2017 by convening Arts & Cultural organizations in the North End to determine their sets of needs. Annually updated through the creation of a neighborhood arts & culture board, and recorded community conversations.