Retaining and attracting residents to under-populated neighborhoods is a way to diversify household income levels to enhance density and prosperity of the neighborhoods and the city.

Increasing renovation, new construction of properties, and investments will support initiatives that include creative financing options, land banking, targeted home repair financing, energy efficiency improvements and code enforcement for existing buildings.

Key Near West Big Ideas are to:

  • Market empty lots as larger yards for residents, pocket parks and other communal uses
  • Market the housing stock and benefit of affordable and convenient family living in Near West with a communications and branding strategy.