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09 Jan Public Land for Public Good Workshop

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Cities across the country are facing a glut of vacant or abandon properties. These properties present an array of issues for their surrounding communities from decreased tax revenue and adjacent property values to increased strains on police, fire, public works, and public health departments.

It is estimated that Louisville Metro has more than 6400 vacant or abandoned properties, with approximate 460 under the City’s ownership. In an effort to tackle this issue, Mayor Fischer has announced the “Lots of Possibility” competition, which seeks innovative and bold ideas for what to do with 250 of the city’s vacant lots that are being made available for consideration.

In an attempt to help facilitate idea generation around the competition goals, the Urban Design Studio and OpportunitySpace are offering the Public Land for Public Good workshops on January 25th and 26th in collaboration with Louisville Metro, Vision Louisville and VAP Stat. Utilizing the tools provided by OpportunitySpace to identify the available lots, attendees will be encouraged to work together to brainstorm ideas and begin to develop solutions.

The Saturday workshop, on January 25th from 9 am – 2 pm at the Urban Design Studio, will focus on utilizing the OpportunitySpace site to explore the available lots and then work with other attendees to develop innovative ideas for what could be done to breath new life into these spaces.

There will be an informal networking opportunity Saturday evening from 7-9 pm at 21c Museum Hotel. Whether you are able to attend the workshops on Saturday and Sunday or not, this is a chance to meet up with other urban development thinkers and doers.

The Sunday workshop, on January 26th from 9 am – noon at the Urban Design Studio, will build on the ideas generated the day before and concentrate on implementation strategies. Joined by metro staff, financial sponsors and other related members of the community, a handful of the proposals will be reviewed and discussion will focus on how to turn the ideas into action, from aligning with city strategies and regulations, to finding the financial match, to building an implementation team.

The events are free to the public, but due to limited space, the Saturday and Sunday events require registration to reserve a seat. It is not necessary to attend all of the events, but if you wish to attend both days, you must register for each separately below.


 Saturday January 25th Workshop: Idea and Design Session

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 Sunday January 26th Workshop: Implementation Bootcamp

Eventbrite - Public Land for Public Good (Sunday) Workshop