Creating walkable, urban, human-centered neighborhoods in the Granary District.
Our crowdsourced charrette was front page news on sltrib.com this morning. I think the article did a good job of recapping the charrette. Although some important points and ideas were left out, the one that made a big impression on the reporter was how we plan on fighting gentrification, which is, essentially, the displacement of current residents and businesses in working class communities by wealthier people (you can find the full definition, here).
So, how do we prevent gentrification from happening in the Granary District? Some ideas that have come up so far are:
Diversity — Creating many different housing types that fit people of all different socio-economic backgrounds; single room occupancy (SRO) which were discussed at the charrette; modular/ container units that are relatively cheaper to build and more affordable; Accessory dwelling units (basement apartments, apartments above garages); and smaller attached and detached single-family housing. Any other ideas on other types?
(Accessory dwelling unit above garage)
Density — The more density, the more affordable units can and should be. The Fleet Block plan from the charrette, for instance, calls for 40-42 units per acre with a mix of 1, 2 and 3 bedrooms with both attached and detached single family units and smaller scale, and some scale retail.
(Fleet Block on right side)
Zoning — Keeping existing uses in the neighborhood through proper zoning. You won't have expensive apartments, homes, etc. next door to someone who's welding. It seems that the Granary District is headed to some sort of formed-based zoning, which is good, but it'll have to be a more specific, unique type of form-based zoning just for the Granary and it's unique character.
Then there are some other tools like inclusionary zoning that has had mixed success.
Preventing gentrification is going to be an important factor in the future of the Granary District, but how do we encourage and embrace new growth and investment as well?