Economic Revitalization and Community Planning
HR&A’s work unlocks the potential for economic growth through site and district-wide master plans, and revitalization strategies for neighborhoods, cities and metropolitan regions.
Our goal is to strengthen and preserve the character of individual communities. We examine the market drivers of a location, and then identify first steps that will have a catalytic effect on inclusive growth and development, as well as long-term actions. We secure and structure funding for master plans and economic development projects, leveraging public and private funding opportunities and government incentive programs. We also understand that governance is a crucial component of implementation, and help clients create and enhance organizational capacity to be advocates for and managers of economic development and revitalization efforts.
HR&A is an industry leader in developing strategies to stimulate transformative growth across North America and around the world. Our economic revitalization and community planning services include:
- Crafting master plans for sites, neighborhoods, and campuses in partnership with urban designers, planners, architects, landscape architects and engineers;
- Developing community-based plans that engage residents and stakeholders to produce positive physical change and shared prosperity, and to contribute to a healthy environment and population;
- Designing policies that support industry sector growth to attract and retain jobs, businesses and investment;
- Creating economic revitalization strategies for cities and regions that balance growth, equity, and sustainability; and
- Establishing the economic framework for a wide range of planning efforts including innovation and cultural districts, university and institutional campuses, brownfields and industrial waterfronts, and former military bases.
HR&A grounds all recommendations in analysis.
In-depth quantitative economic analyses inform all of our recommendations. We consider a client’s planning and economic development challenges by examining:
- Demographics, including population size and composition, employment, income, and education or skill base;
- Economic base, including industry clusters and trends, current economic development initiatives, development anchors, and major employers;
- Real estate and land use, including residential, commercial, industrial, and retail market trends;
- Existing infrastructure, such as transit hubs, public spaces, historic building stock, cultural attractions, parking, and highway infrastructure;
- Regulatory conditions and incentives, including zoning, public leasing and acquisition/disposition ordinances, affordable housing policies, density bonuses, and other public benefit and development impact fee structures; and
- Resilience vulnerabilities and sustainability goals, including energy needs, and climate adaptation commitments at the regional, city, district and individual building scales;
- Management and governance capacity, including public, quasi-public, non-profit, and private entities.
HR&A has extensive experience leading the implementation of market-based revitalization and development plans, in collaboration with public officials, community leaders, residents, businesses, developers and other stakeholders.
- Anacostia Waterfront Framework Initative
- Catalytic Real Estate Development in San Antonio’s Promise Zone
- Center City Strategic Framework
- Daniel Island
- Downtown Cincinnati Revitalization
- Griffiss Air Force Base Realignment
- Konza Technology City Development Plan
- Los Angeles Economic Development Framework
- NYC BigApps
- Philadelphia’s Delaware River Waterfront & Penn’s Landing
- PlaNYC and OneNYC
- Research Triangle Park
- Revitalizing the Toronto Waterfront
- Strategic Plan to Reposition the Brooklyn Tech Triangle
- Talking Transition
- American Society of Landscape Architects, Award of Excellence in Analysis and Planning, Penn’s Landing Redevelopment Feasibility Study, Philadelphia, PA, 2015.
- American Society of Landscape Architects Arizona Chapter, Honor Award in Analysis and Planning, Mesa City Center in Mesa, AZ, 2015
- American Society of Landscape Architects Arizona Chapter, Honor Award in Analysis and Planning, Hance Park in Phoenix, AZ, 2015
- American Planning Association, National Planning Achievement Award in Environmental Planning, Arlington County’s Community Energy Plan, Arlington, VA, 2014
- American Road & Transportation Builders Association, Globe Award, First Place in Public Transit, New York Rising Community Construction Program, NY, 2014
- American Planning Association New York, Meritorious Achievement Award, Brooklyn Tech Triangle Strategic Plan, Brooklyn, NY, 2013
- American Institute of Architects Honor Award for Regional and Urban Design, Master Plan for the Central Delaware Riverfront, Philadelphia, PA, 2012
- International Economic Development Council Neighbourhood Development Prize, High Line Park Transformation, New York, NY, 2010
- Society for College and University Planning Excellence in Planning for a District or Campus Component, Merit Award, The Aga Khan University for the AKU Faculty of Arts and Sciences University Village Land Use Plan, Karachi, Pakistan, 2010
- International Economic Development Council Partnership Award, Cincinnati Center City Development Corporation Creation, Cincinnati, OH, 2009
- Urban Land Institute Award for Excellence, Daniel Island Redevelopment, Charleston, SC, 2007
- American Institute of Architects Honor Award for Regional and Urban Design, Anacostia Waterfront Initiative Framework Plan, Washington D.C., 2005
Image Courtesy: Talking Transition