Community Development



Anti-Displacement Working Paper

"The Hill District has seen a great deal of development activity in recent years, and is poised to receive a great deal more.  While development is necessary for any neighborhood to thrive, revitalization of historically disinvested neighborhoods such as the Hill is often accompanied by the displacement of existing residents and a loss of cultural cohesion.  Such displacement can occur either directly through forced relocation, or indirectly through market changes that price residents out of their own neighborhood (this is often referred to as “gentrification”)."

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Community Education Series (2012-2013)

The Community Education Series offered a series of interactive workshops designed to educate and engage our community in the process of community development. As the community moves forward with the Master Plan, the Consensus Group invites all residents and stakeholders to join us for guest speakers, activities, and honest discussion.

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Comprehensive Vacant Property Strategy (CVPS)

The Hill District Master Plan included a recommendation to pursue a vacant property study of the neighborhood.  In 2012, the Consensus Group hired a consultant team to conduct this study. Over the course of the study period, the team: surveyed vacant properties in the neighborhood, researched best practices, recommended next steps, crafted an implementation plan.

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Greater Hill District Master Plan (2011)

The Hill District community worked together through a collective visioning and discussion process to build the latest neighborhood master plan. The Master Plan is largely made up of two parts: Program Initiatives and Urban Design Proposals.

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Hill Planning Forum


The Hill District Planning Forum is convened by members of the Hill District Consensus Group.  The Forum facilitates meetings for the purpose of bringing together community stakeholders to discuss issues related to development in the Greater Hill District  People who attend planning forum meetings generally include various neighborhood groups, non-profits, organizations as well as individual residents and other interested parties.
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