The City of Dallas has taken a unique approach to substantially improve quality of life for the city's residents with the Neighborhood Plus Neighborhood Revitalization Plan. Fregonese Associates and the City worked with community members and dozens of partner organizations to identify opportinies to change the trajectory of the city's struggling neighborhoods with strategies that address poverty, fight blight, attract the middle class back to the city, and expand homeownership and quality rental options.
The Neighborhood Plus plan was approved unanimously on October 7, 2015, and implementation has already begun in several target neighborhoods, and will soon be expanded across the City. Along with the City, dozens of partners are working in collaboration to ensure safe, healthy and sustainable neighborhoods for all Dallas residents.
The Dallas Morning News reports on the City Council's lively discussion during adoption:
"What’s the best way to help struggling neighborhoods economically? Higher wages? Job training? Better health care? Improved transportation? More prekindergarten programs? Dallas City Council members were split on their answers Wednesday, but most agreed that the city’s efforts should start with better wages. They also said the city should encourage “infill” development and crack down on shoddy rental properties."