Visions and plans have the power to inspire and energize, and in order to achieve them, practical strategies must be developed and skillfully implemented.
Four over-arching and connected strategies are proposed as ways that the community can come together across sectors and in new ways, and make the Innovation District visions and plans a reality.
Expand public engagement in the district to provide diverse and inclusive participation in public life, practice robust civic innovation, broaden and create new festival and event programming authentic to the district, maximize arts and cultural heritage programming and fully engage district assets for learning and educational opportunities.
Improve the urban design qualities of the public realm including a generous amount of varied and accessible public space, high quality and actively programmed parks and plazas, multifunctional and well-connected streets and sidewalks, creatively programmed tactical and art-based intervention and maximize the value of multimodal options and increased walkability and bikeability.
Enhance innovation ecosystem supports, including the provision of:
- Startup incubators and accelerators
- Business support programs
- Smart-City and other research opportunities to enhance public services, products and processes
- Space and support for K-12 and post-secondary education programming to build the talent pipeline
- Multifunctional innovation centers that include collision and joint work spaces.
Improve the qualities and increase the density of the district’s physical assets, rethink the traditional office building, provide for a broad spectrum of workers and business types, plan for redevelopment of vacant and underutilized lots and buildings, provide a range of housing options and plan proactively for parking needs.