We have decades of experience in place-based neighborhood planning using the Healthy Neighborhoods approach. This approach focuses on analyzing the neighborhood in the context of the broader market, and working with neighbors to help them understand that market context and decide on a new market niche that will enable the neighborhood to compete effectively for new buyers and other neighborhood-friendly investors. Analysis, outcomes and strategies are organized around four categories of neighborhood health: Image, Real Estate Market, Physical Conditions and Neighborhood Management.
Our approach nearly always challenges the status quo and requires our customers to think critically about the efficacy of their past and current programming. We help organizations seeking to reorient their work around outcomes for neighborhood quality of life rather than unit production. We draw important distinctions between the work of affordable housing production and neighborhood revitalization, and have developed many tools to help staff and volunteers understand the difference.