QUESTION – What is the State of Urban America?
There is a crisis of great urgency in America. Once thriving and vibrant urban neighborhoods, have deteriorated into wastelands, in many cases. Affordable housing, transportation, education, jobs, wellness, and opportunity seem unattainable to many.
However, there is hope and JDL Group is leading an effort to restore these forgotten places. The Urban village Initiative is an opportunity to join together in rebuilding sustainable communities in the heart of America >>> www.JDL.group.
QUESTION – Can Urban America Thrive Again?
If we look at opportunities in America that involve urban communities, there is a clear and evident path forward to redevelop, vast tracks of land that are underutilized. Additionally, via collaboration, we know there are stakeholders who desire to help bring restoration to urban America.
JDL Group, seeks to align itself with like-minded cities, developers, organizations, that seek to improve the way of life in the urban centers of America. Consider joining the Urban Village Initiative and help create beauty out of the ashes of these once thriving communities >>> www.JDL.group.
According Scott Wiener, a California State Senator, some describe all new market-rate housing as “luxury housing,” because it’s expensive. Well, of course it’s expensive, since for decades we haven’t built enough of it. Senator Weiner continues to argue that while the new project down the street is expensive, so is the 75-year-old house or apartment you’re trying to buy or rent. It’s all: expensive, and that’s not because it’s “luxury.” It’s because it’s scarce.
The challenge in today’s city environments is that property values and cost of land are increasing at an exponentially faster rate than wages and earnings of blue-collar Americans. Eventually, the people who in many cases are putting their lives on the line for those they serve in cities where they are employed, cannot afford to buy a decent home in that same city. Cities across America are starting to understand the need to provide housing for those who are some of their most important citizens.
Across the globe, urban populations have increased rapidly, oftentimes surpassing available housing. A century ago, one out of every five people lived in urban areas; now, for the first time in human history, more than half of us do. In these circumstances — and in many others brought about by various policies, laws and systems — one of the biggest obstacles to a world where everyone has a decent and affordable place to live can be access to land for shelter in the first place.
Permanent supportive housing is part of the overall solution-based approach that combines affordable housing assistance with voluntary support services to address the needs of people with disabilities, the elderly, the homeless, etc. The services are designed to build independent living and tenancy skills and connect people with community-based health care, treatment and employment services.
Denzel Washington recently spoke to a group of reporters about the black family. He said that “it starts with how you raise your children. If a young man doesn’t have a father figure, he’ll go find a father figure. So, you know, I can’t blame the system. It’s unfortunate that we make such easy work for them.” Washington went on to add that it is important.
There are multiple positive benefits of ownership to individuals and society. However, it must be sustainable. There should not be any unnecessary barriers to ownership. Local zoning laws need to be reviewed and carefully developed so that inclusive zoning and hence home ownership opportunities expand rather than are shut down from blanket not-in-my-backyard sentiments.
With so many people wanting their children to get a good education, minority communities must never overlook nor neglect the importance of their history. That’s right; history that deals with more than slavery within as well as outside of the United States. Whenever an educational system fails to place a value.
According to the 2018 Urban League report, the health equality score for blacks was 79.3%, representing a gap of approximately 20 percentage points with whites and a slight decrease in equality from the 2017 findings, when the health index for blacks registered 80% and seemed to be rising. In 2005, health equality between blacks and whites was about 24 points apart.
A village is a group of people with an indigenous, cultural, geographic, and / or economic similarities, who share a common equity of being related to one other and a place, i.e. the village. Once a connection is made, one becomes native to the village, which breeds a sense of security, loyalty, connectivity and dignity. Urban Villages™ is the solution for rebuilding sustainable communities in the heart of America.
Through the years, zoning has been one of the major contributors to segregation. It has been used to divide and separate people by their ethnicity, economic status, social rank and educational standing. NeoRetroism forces change to this idea by challenging long standing rules and ordinances, while offering a better way for people to live, work and experience life. JDL Group uses this philosophy to create Urban Villages™.
According to the Urban Land Institute, as of 2019, at least 13 states that have passed comprehensive state-enabling land bank legislation and there are now some 120 land banks and land-banking programs. Land banks aim to turn these underutilized properties from neighborhood liabilities into assets by transferring them to responsible ownership.
Who would partner with an Urban village initiative in your city? What would the environment look like from a design / planning perspective? Are there grants available? And what would the capital stack look like? These questions and more can be answered by bringing experts in these fields to the table. JDL Group knows that partnerships are critical and is equipped to manage this process for you >>> www.JDL.group.