WORKING GROUP PRIORITIES

On Saturday, Dec. 9, Linden community members came together at Linden McKinley High School to discuss the most important priorities in five topic areas. To start, they worked from posters that outlined the topics of discussion from five working groups that have been meeting since August 2017. Attendees on Saturday considered the past discussions and provided their own input to create new priorities that are shared below.

TRANSPORTATION

  1. More direct access to major community resources (i.e. St. Stephen’s, groceries, community centers) through COTA partnerships with alternative transit forms (company shuttles) —  33%
     

  2. Repair sidewalks and add additional connections to improve walkability and safety — 37%
     

  3. Better bus access and scheduling for resources outside of Linden (i.e. jobs, health, 3rd/off-shift jobs, grocery) —30%

HOUSING

  1. Support home ownership - keep housing affordable, encourage low-income housing, finance and repair programs, protect and increase home values — 28%
     

  2. No pushout - prevent gentrification! Keep Linden residents in the neighborhood, prevent rent/property tax inflation, help transition from section 8/low-income housing — 48%
     

  3. Address blight - reduce vacant properties, code enforcement, improve neighborhood appearance, rehab current inventory, leverage youth programs — 24%

RETAIL & SMALL BUSINESS

  1. Emphasize local businesses — 15%
     

  2. Financial opportunity and capacity — 54%
     

  3. Code and law enforcement — 31%

EDUCATION & WORKFORCE

  1. Create jobs for youth and young professionals to work in Linden — 15%
     

  2. Provide opportunities for skills training for living wage jobs (ex. apprenticeship, on-the-job training) — 50%
     

  3. Provide education for ex-offenders /workforce development for formerly incarcerated — 35%

HEALTH & SAFETY

  1. Add cameras, lights, and call boxes throughout the community — 23%
     

  2. Build a women’s center that would provide services such as general health, addiction, parenting classes / support, prenatal care, and mental health — 19%
     

  3. Improve police and community relations through block parties, consistency/familiarity of officers, offices in the communities they serve, and coordination with block watch — 58%

ENGAGEMENT EXAMPLES

We asked community members to complete statements with their vision of Linden, and these are the results:

APRIL 24 SPRING MEETING

Participants were asked to indicate their preferred areas for future housing and business investment in the neighborhood. The 34 completed results are below:

AGGREGATE RESULTS

All results were combined to show the collective result for investment area preferences. Retail is shown below in red, and housing in yellow.

RETAIL INVESTMENT AREAS

  • Cleveland Avenue was the dominant area for retail investment preferences
     

  • Strongest areas at 11th & Cleveland and Myrtle & Cleveland

HOUSING INVESTMENT AREAS

  • Preferences for housing investment were more dispersed throughout the community than retail
     

  • Strong preference near Myrtle and Cleveland