As we look ahead for the coming summer 2018, we will finish the analysis of our community survey data, case studies, and interviews, which will be published in a policy brief on the challenges of disaster recovery and strategies for community and riverfront development! Our policy brief will focus on our findings in Binghamton, along with findings from other rust belt cities and areas around the world. We will analyze the key components, challenges, and successes of waterfront development and community revitalization strategies in other areas as a way to better inform our efforts in Binghamton.
We are also planning to hold a follow-up community meeting, where we will present our data analysis to community members and hold a discussion where attendees can share their thoughts on the data-analysis and the ways we can use this information moving forward. We hope to see you all there!
Let us know if you would be interested!
During the meeting, four R2GB interns from this summer gave a presentation on the Living with Water Project and the major projects we worked on this summer, including placemaking activities at Live on the Waterfront, interviews with Binghamton residents on their thoughts about the rivers and ideas for the future, and community surveys of residents’ thoughts on river usage, river quality, and the downtown area. Click here to view the presentation! community_presentation_.pdf
Following the presentation, community members worked in focus groups to discuss next steps and ideas for shaping the future of Binghamton. Our main points of discussion included: