Neighborhood Vision 2025
Beyond aesthetic benefits, green infrastructure helps to manage stormwater, improve air quality, provide shade and respite from hot summer temperatures, and even provide opportunities for growing food. This strategy seeks to provide equitable access to quality green spaces that allow residents to experience their social, economic, and health benefits. Recognizing that low-income and communities of color are disproportionately impacted by environmental degradation and pollution, at its heart, access to quality park space and green infrastructure is an environmental and restorative justice issue.
Create an annual award / reward for green projects to be awarded to new development projects or building / site rehabilitation projects taken on in MidTown. Seek USGBC LEED rated projects whenever possible. Present award at MTC’s Annual Meeting
Encourage developers to integrate green elements into new designs and redevelopment projects in MidTown.
Highlight / Feature these investments on MidTown’s website.
Educate MTC Staff to be stewards of USGBC LEED Rating System or other environmental design practices to be employed in MidTown.
Marketing & Advocacy
Restore & Grow MidTown’s Green Infrastructure
Design Streets to Incorporate Green Stormwater Aspects and Larger Tree Beds
Add green stormwater infrastructure to increase greenery in MidTown, which currently lacks green space.
Implement Midtown’s Tree Plan and Education Campaign
Grow MidTown’s tree canopy by adding 175 street trees, annually. Educate residents and stakeholders on the value of trees in mitigating air pollution and stormwater management. Explore creation of urban orchards in vacant spaces in MidTown to trees to be transplanted elsewhere in the neighborhood and provide shade and aesthetic value as an interim use.
Create an Annual Award for Projects with Green Aspects