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Methods for Neighborhood Scale Revitalization

This course presents a rigorous but adaptable methodology that builds on the strengths of neighborhoods to develop customized approaches for addressing challenges that directly respond to the needs and vision of each neighborhood.

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Course Info

  • Duration 11 video lessons (68 Mins)
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    Why the District?
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    The Methodology
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    Phase 1: Discovery
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    Phase 2: Documenting the Current State
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    Phase 3: Assessing Strengths and Challenges
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    Phase 4: Identifying Potential Strategies
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    Phase 5: Establish Revenue Sources
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    Phase 6: Select and Implement Appropriate Strategies
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    Phase 7: Stewardship
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What You Will Learn

  • Understand the attributes of the district as an ideal scape for neighborhood revitalization
  • Learn a methodology for assessing current state of a district, establishing a vision for improvement, and financing an implementation plan 
  • Learn key indicators of a district’s health
  • Review best practices of neighborhood revitalization strategies
  • Understand key principles/strategies for financing districts

Course Description

Neighborhood districts present an opportunity to plan and implement improvements within a relatively short timeframe (2-5 years), given their shared market conditions and infrastructure. Rather than articulate a specific set of one-size-fits-all strategies, this course presents a rigorous but adaptable methodology designed to build strengths and address challenges by developing customized approaches that directly respond to the needs and vision of each neighborhood.

The topics covered in the "Methods for Neighborhood Scale Revitalization" course include current state analysis, SWOT analysis (across the domains of design, policy, and finance), identification of residential and commercial key performance indicators, analysis of best (and worst) practices from other cities and neighborhoods, development of an implementation plan, and creation of financing districts to generate and recycle value into the neighborhood.

Learn these skills

  • Civic Engagement
  • Demographics
  • Development
  • Economic Development
  • Environmental Planning
  • Equity
  • Financing
  • Land Use
  • Plan Making
  • Real Estate
  • Transportation
  • Urban Design
  • Urbanism


This course is approved for 1 AICP CM credit.


This course is 1 LU.


This course is approved for 1 SACPLAN CPD point.

Meet Your Instructor

Jason Neville

Jason Neville

Jason is an experienced urban planner, redevelopment professional, and affordable housing developer.

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