The second primary component of the project is the location. An area of a city that has a redevelopment portion of their downtown, a “Challenged Neighborhood”, that needs new life, a new spirit. This could/should be the worst neighborhoods in any city.
As our success grows there will be a contingent of local residents who will request Burgeoning Communities to help revitalize their neighborhood.
This project will bring successful people (the Youngish Seniors) into this area of the city to live, work, learn, and worship - bring them together with the existing residents and resources.
The existing residents are not the problem but part of the solution.
A blighted area like this has existing vacant buildings and infrastructure.
There is a need for professional problem solvers "boots on the ground", living and working in the community. The Youngish Seniors will choose to move and live there, and become permanent members of this evolving community.
If there are not redevelopment funds available for this project then the city or local government may at least provide a “welcome mat”.
Abandoned Neighborhoods http://abandonedonline.net/
Telling the story of a forgotten America.
Revitalizing Cities One Neighborhood at a Time
The City of Baltimore (population 622,000) has struggled with economic stagnation, population outmigration, and tens of thousands of vacant and abandoned houses. The story of how Charm City is seeking to attract new residents, recapture safe and walkable streets, rebuild abandoned neighborhoods, and catalyze its own urban buzz, is a story about a diverse set of partnerships using a “big tent” model to bring together philanthropies, real estate developers, educational institutions, church congregations, community development stakeholders, business owners, housing advocates, and city officials.