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Vision for New Rochelle redevelopment continues to take shape

New Rochelle Daily Voice

With the “most ambitious redevelopment in New Rochelle history” well underway in the downtown business district, the organizers tasked with reimagining the city continue soliciting ideas from the community.

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Whats Developing New Rochelle?

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From the web site you will read that, “Crowdsourced Placemaking is the act of taking a
project traditionally performed by an institution and outsourcing it to a larger, committed
community with shared values, in the form of an open call – resulting in a collaborative
transformation of disinvested areas into places of the soul that uplift us and connect us to
one another”.

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New Rochelle Redevelopment ‘Idea Generating Meet-Up’ Set

New Rochelle Daily Voice

With the city crowd-sourcing initiative underway in New Rochelle, developers tasked with reimagining downtown New Rochelle are set to host a community think tank as they continue molding the future of the downtown shopping district.

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Public Input Sought As New Rochelle Redevelopment Continues

New Rochelle Daily Voice

Rochelle city officials kicked off RDRXR’s Crowdsourced Placemaking process with the launch of “New Rochelle Future”, a website that will serve as the hub of information regarding the redevelopment as the project plays out.

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March 30, 2015 Meetup Recap!

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new rochelle future cspmThis past Monday, March 30, 2015 at 2 Clinton Place, over 50 New Rochellians got together for the first official New Rochelle Future (NR Future) meetup!

So what is New Rochelle Future, you may ask? Well, as of this last Monday it's the name for the community-driven, co-creating initiative that will be organizing, outreaching, and co-developing the vision for the future of Downtown New Rochelle. In simple terms, NR Future is the name for the community that will be providing input and growing a diverse group of individuals with shared interests dedicated to making compelling places in New Rochelle, a process known as crowdsourced placemaking.

The meetup started with some fresh pizza and salad from Vincent's Pizza & Pasta on 150 North Avenue and then proceeded to about 45 minutes of introductions and Q&A from RDRXR {more details to come on that soon!}

Then we got into the nitty gritty, fun CSPM stuff! Like what, you ask? Like what is crowdsourced placemaking, what is placemaking, the triple bottom line {social, economic and environmental responsibility}, how do you register to be an active NR Future member and participate, and how to submit ideas of what you'd like to see in New Rochelle {coming soon!} -- click on each phrase to learn more!

As the crowd got more comfortable we delved into an exercise where the crowd voices in 3 words or less what they see as their top values for the revitalization of New Rochelle. The values voiced were:

  • waterfront
  • retail
  • affordable/accessible parking
  • open space
  • green space for children
  • refurbished landmarks
  • cultural and socio-economic diversity
  • amphitheater
  • public events
  • education
  • teen space
  • year-round 3rd places
  • safety
  • arts
  • maintaining character & quaintness
  • appropriate architectural scale
  • clean streets
  • historical
  • library as community keystone
  • private investment incentives
  • attainable senior services
  • infrastructure investment & development
  • downtown attractions/draws (move City Hall & Court downtown)
  • light/air/water } environment
  • indoor/outdoor connections
  • community building/connections
  • reverse commuting
  • make NR a destination

The end of the meetup was dedicated to picking a name for New Rochelle's CSPM community. For a couple week's we've been referred to as Crowdsource NR, but it was time for a name co-created by the community -- after lots of brainstorming the winner was New Rochelle Future - NR Future. Saying it out loud sounds a little like "In Our Future"!

We are excited to have gotten off to such a great start and can't wait to expand our reach and be able to have input and participation from as many New Rochellians as possible.

You can like us on Facebook & Follow us on Twitter and we hope to see you at our next meetup on April 14th at 2 Clinton Place 6:30-8:30PM which will be led by Ashley Aldrich, the Community Liaison for NR Future who will be starting April 9th!

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