Share

The first step in the S.E.E.D framework is to SHARE. When the community engages in the first step, there are certain partners that should be involved. This initial stage of planning should include Keep Cincinnati Beautiful and representatives from neighborhood associations (community councils, business districts, etc). The goal is to encourage community members to engage with vacant lot projects. This first stage includes three steps:

  • A small group should engage with this guidebook to understand what type of lot installation might make the most sense based on the neighborhood and site context.
  • The community should clarify their goals and objectives. What do they want to accomplish through this project? This first step can include gathering broad community input through various community engagement activities (examples listed below).
  • The community should have an understanding of the challenges and opportunities the vacant lot poses for the community.

1. PUBLIC ART
Use art to passively engage and poll citizens as they are walking by or using a space.

2. TABLE TREK
Set up a table at major events to generate responses to surveys or have conversations regarding the future of vacant lots.

3. COMMUNITY BASED CONVERSATIONS
Host a series of conversations with public officials, KCB, and other stakeholders to illustrate the stance of the community. This activity is ideal for engaging businesses and others who hold substantial financial investment in the community.

4. STREET TEAM
Have a group of volunteers canvas communities to inform people about vacant lots and receive feedback of possible uses.

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