Renew Hempstead is an initiative to ensure that the future of the Village of Hempstead downtown is vibrant, inspiring and representative of its people’s aspirations.

Starting with the Power of 10 Campaign, we began to define the most compelling ideas that you feel would support the youth, job creation and public amenities.

This is about ensuring a transparent and inclusionary process that will continue to foster dialogue with our community to ensure a revitalization effort that is the pride of the Village of Hempstead residents.

You can read about this process and development plan on the About the Project page.

These efforts include the ability for community members to participate in an innovative crowdsourced placemaking program to define the kind of downtown Hempstead they wish to live, work, learn and play in.

The purpose of this crowdsourced placemaking program is to establish a partnership between Renaissance Downtowns and UrbanAmerica (RDUA) and the Village of Hempstead community in defining its revitalization. Our goal is to create a vibrant destination that is triple bottom line – economically, socially and environmentally beneficial – to our culture and economy, where thousands of members work together in making it the best place in the country to be!

Through this crowdsourced placemaking community you are encouraged to:

1. Collaborate with others to revitalize Hempstead’s downtown.
2. Propose, upvote/’Like’, comment on and campaign for the ideas you like.
3. Share your thoughts in the discussion threads.
4. Learn about “crowdsourced placemaking” and how it will revitalize our downtown.

Members of the crowdsourced placemaking community contribute to the revitalization of downtown Hempstead based on the Triple-Bottom-Line Statement and Crowdsourced Placemaking Agreement.

Big dreams need courage, and our community will play an integral role in the creation of a renewed place that we, and our kids, will be proud of.

The goal for this crowdsourced placemaking community is to establish itself as a forward-thinking community that is large enough in size to be a valued partner in making major decisions on downtown investments. See answers to the most frequently asked questions on the project here.

Why is there such a need for a renewed Hempstead campaign focusing on the triple bottom line of being economically, socially and environmentally beneficial, especially as is relates to supporting local business and alternative transportation? See the graphs below…

The above graph, ‘Hempstead 2011′ tells the story of the $100 million each year that is currently spent by the Village of Hempstead residents outside of the Village of Hempstead because they have limited choices within the existing downtown for certain retail products and services.

Notice the huge spike at the left of the graph? That represents the people who exclusively drive to get around and shop only at national and regional chains. Most people aren’t aware that shopping at chains contributes to money leaving your local economy. For instance, according to one study, when compared to leading national chain competitors, like Target…

…On a per square foot basis, local retailers generate twice the annual sales; recirculate revenue within the local economy at twice the rate; and have four times the economic impact in terms of wages, profits, procurement of goods and services, and charitable giving. See summaries of this study and many others here.

Compare this to the right side of the graph, which represents people who drive less and buy local. The problem is, even if these people wanted to be part of a vibrant, walkable community, supporting local establishments, those options don’t exist in downtown Hempstead, forcing dollars to be spent elsewhere where it boosts other economies.

The second graph, ‘Hempstead 2020 based on current trend’ demonstrates what happens to Hempstead’s economy as it recovers, attracting more national chains, and cars. While the increase in national stores would result in less money being spent outside of the Village (shown in red), because those companies aren’t based locally, those profits leave the neighborhood (shown in orange).
Corporate profit from spending related to chains, cars and gas still leaves Hempstead, and even the state of New York. In addition, Hempstead’s local culture would slowly be replaced by a more corporate one.

The third graph, ‘Hempstead 2020 based on triple-bottom-line trend’ shows that those who wish to retain their auto-centric, national chain lifestyle can carry on doing so, whether they spend outside (red) or within Hempstead (orange). The green area is a significant hunk of the economy that Hempstead can keep for itself if it provides localized options for those who are seeking alternatives to the national chains and car-dependent lifestyles. The New Hempstead Campaign represents the creation of that green area.
By utilizing a triple-bottom-line (economically, socially, environmentally beneficial) approach that results in a more vibrant walkable downtown culturally unique to Hempstead, you now have the option to walk, bike, and shop at a new generation of exciting new and revitalized local independent businesses. Not only will significantly more money stay in the local economy (represented by that green area of the graph), it also will draw new dollars from visitors, as well as establish a unique local culture to rival all of New York.