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Session proposal ideas
angai@sunlightfoundation.com Blight Session Suggestion Cards. Those that included names are noted.
The role of business in addressing blight (?)
How can we systematically shrink out cities down to size (Adam Ragusea)
Do we have all the tools we need? (Matt H.)
How can cities bring techies, government reps, practitioners and advocates together to sort out tools and the inevitable politics that accompany them? (Anna Levy)
Converting non-techies to tech tools, impossible. foolish or…..(Cristina Garmendia)
Community Land Trust (Heather Seltzer)
What policy changes in government laws could make a difference for low-income families to prevent blight? (?)
Dealing with legal issues as it relates to blight (Charlotte Woody)
Have enforcement and signage been addressed (?)
What to do after control is established (?)
Is rental property always bad for a neighborhood? How can we help students, single parents, or retirees who can’t qualify for mortgages? (?)
Best practices for collecting survey data and using it in modeling and prioritization (Tamara Manik-Perlman)
Ways to return blighted areas to the tax base (Bobby Gerhardt)
Demo no more, alternative to knocking down blighted homes
What to do with open spaces after demolition (Charles Richardson)
Are there any quick wins , however small, that can energize government officials and residents so the job of eliminating blight doesn’t seem so overwhelming? 
Need to define code deficient, dilapidated blight
Managing commercial development or re-use of existing commercial structures
Measuring success/impact of blight initiatives (Cristina Garmendia)
How do we know this works? Data-driven evaluation of anti-blight strategies (Matt Conway)
Shrinking the city’s neighborhoods (Everett Verneer)
How do we know this works? Quantitative evaluation of housing rehabilitation (Matt Conway)
Ways to cure the blight and ways to re-develop it afterwards (Bobby Gerhardt)
How do commercial considerations contribute to blight and how might commercial interests be engaged to help mitigate blight? (Dave Oedel)
Why does it take so long to remove blighted homes? Let’s talk solutions and streamlining. (JR Olive)
How to address root causes of blight.
Blight as a slur and a legal term (Paula Segal)
What is blight? Creating a definition shared by the community. (Andrew Haeg)
Public or private or both? Who should take the lead in city revitalization projects, and can public-private investments work? (Meg Mirshak)
How do you create mixed income desirable neighborhoods that include former residents too? Raise property values without driving original residents out who can’t afford higher taxes. (Sandy Hudson)
How to use sticks and carrots to affect change?
Commercial development: Why isn’t there more use of existing abandoned commercial property rather than the building of new developments? (Sherrie Marshall)
Law enforcement to prevent blight from occurring in the first place
Property ratings systems
Funding mechanisms to purchase blighted property
Funding sources
Taking property: Getting control of property all have abandoned (John Baker)
Public Spaces/Parks and Blight. What’s the relationship between blight and public spaces? How can public spaces affect blight, address blight, and help people experiencing blight? (Andrew Silver)
The process behind starting your own “Motor City Mapping” project in your city. What to expect when re-habbing your own vacant property. Stories and process from my rehab. (Shea Fredrick)
Blight mitigating activity suggestions (Angela Manson)
Creative ways to stop people from littering. (Josephine Bennett)
Redevelopment or Undevelopment. How can we shrink the developed footprint of our city to match our population? (Adam Ragusea)
Methods of bringing low-tech residents into data-driven conversation’s (like blexting). What other data on city services or gaps can be monitored or derived from blight mapping efforts at little extra cost? Blight mapping education and schools: Role for tech in mitigating educational fallouts from changing neighborhood. (Anna Levy)
Ferguson, what is the relationship between law enforcement, housing migration patterns, and can data be used to track likelihood and prevent likelihood of blight (Karen from Sunlight)
How to include all residents without being offensive to some.
What is the role of students in removing blight from a neighborhood? (Joey Wozniak)
Lowering the barriers to engagement. Talking to the whole community.
Mechanisms control over land use decisions (Paula Segal)
Local blight mapping (Nadia Osman)
Getting community buy-in for tech solutions (Lauren from Loveland)
Tech Tools Voltron or there’s a lot of overlap in what we’re doing – what are the opportunities for collaboration instead of duplication and competition given scarce resources. (Tamara Manik-Perlman)
Appropriate technology for community engagement (Tamara Manik-Perlman)
Creative ways to combat blight with smaller funding, less than $10,000. (Alex Leahy)
Topic – Opportunities other than demolition/Funding (Charlotte Woody)
Small steps to solving blight, $$ vs. $$$$ (Christina Garmendia)
Using scientific, social theory and knowledge and research for decision-making and redevelopment projects in Macon. What does research show about the social/health benefits of putting certain types of buildings, and facilities in specific areas to community wellbeing and health? How can we get more facilities like YMCA’s into blighted areas? Environmentally sustainable revitalization – incorporating recycling and energy saving into building plans and un-blight efforts.
Success stories. What made it work? (Matt Hamper)
1213 days ago
angai@sunlightfoundation.com Blight Remediation Task Force and Coalition for Macon
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  1. Dianne Fuller (dfuller@dfullercenter.org): creating a listserv based on emails/participants/attendees
  1. FaceBook/Twitter Group (Josephine Bennett jbennett@gpb.org) 
  1. CCJ/Andrew will invite everyone to a meeting about Groundsource 
  1. Flush out this notes!
Everett V Unrepresented Organizations:
Macon Housing Authority/InFill Inc.
Rebuilding Macon
City/County Tech department
angai@sunlightfoundation.com Keep Macon/Bibb County Beautiful 
Neighborhood watches- how to find the active ones (Judy Gordon) 
Neighborhood Association (Judy Gordon) 
Debbie B Mary Alice Morgan, Mercer service learning: https://community.mercer.edu/service/
Everett V How do we use a map as an asset?
Other places with large blight problems see blight problems in the urban core as well as unincorporated county regions. The people are spread out. 
Shutting down services to extraneous neighborhoods to save money via services in the long run.
Sins of the past; road projects that physically split neighborhoods apart. i.e. East Macon's Jeffersonville Hwy, and Pleasant Hill's I-75/I-16 creation.
East Macon (Shirley Hills/ N. Highlands) is using an app called Next Door
angai@sunlightfoundation.com Have we identified all the neighborhood watch organizations (Judy Gordon with the sheriff's office is the person to get in touch with on this. She deals with Citizens on Patrol and Neighborhood Watch groups). 
Lots of questions about Andrew/Groundsource engaging with the community to help map locally. 
What Data do we have in Macon?? 
Debbie B
  • Code enforcement datasets (?) 
Debbie B
  • Demolition orders (On old website that showed where orders had been signed and where the structures were in the process of being torn down).
  • CfA- Homestats (code status) 
Everett V
  • Neighborhood websites 
What other data might exist/City Agencies could have that's helpful? 
  • IT Dept 
  • Business licensing Data 
  • New website: allows city to rate structures (Historic Macon's A-F grades). Inspectors are filling in that data 
  • data is not yet online (John Baker) 
Mike S
  • Census data (vacancies, home ownership, population changes from earlier years) - mstucka@macon.com
angai@sunlightfoundation.com How can we use housing data
  • Overlay data with crime stats
  • show code enforcement violations, show crime 
  • Overlay with school performance 
  • Asset mapping 
What are we missing? 
  • what are the little things/projects we can start doing now? How do we remove some blight tomorrow?
  • $5 trash bag programs
  • James (Village Green)- existing projects for beautification right now. But really just maintenance but need resources to move forward, at a standstill (Funding and Resources) 
  • Need more awareness (radio can help!)
  • filter information into a community level (both often times that's not the pressing problems of the community- residents need to pay the water bill!)
  • need supplies (lawn mowers, weed wackers, garbage bills, once you remove debris where to go) (Existing partnerships but still limited resources). 
  • Business donations- Home Depots, Lowes 
  • Community level
  • Need to feed positive stories from revitalization projects (to negate some of those crime stories)
  • Major PR problem in Macon 
  • perception that Macon is dangerous, especially downtown.
Debbie B
  • Not sharing the good news or making hands-on effort with people who hold negative perceptions
angai@sunlightfoundation.com What needs to be done: 
  • what do the organizations around the table do, what can you do, what is the next step 
  • figure out way to organize- need a layered approach 
Everett V
  • Can people be fined for littering? Yes, you can take a warrant out if you witness it. It's unlikely to be something focused on by the BSO since we have much more significant crimes they are more focused on.
  • Clean up vs. changing the mindset of people to not litter or providing resources so people know what the law is to remove furniture, etc. 
  • Can laws be enforced?
  • Can we increase signage on laws/littering? 
Pittsburgh examples: 
  • Got $32m in HUD money
  • ALL hands on deck- legislators (city, state, fed). 
  • Inspired from Larimarr 
  • Placed based inception- and it grew 
  • Took 7 years!! 

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