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!
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.
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…
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…
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.