Can you picture the possibilities?
As an urban planner, I can't help but see the possibilities of our great urban community. A Newport resident almost 10 years, I have all these ideas for things we could be doing, so I just decided to post them to a web site
Here it goes...
A Vision for Newport
Newport is blessed with a substantial amount of assets -- assets that cities across the country try to create from scratch: a small town, proximity to a major downtown area and river, exceptional views, historic and unique housing stock, and a solid urban core and main street. Newport has all of these already. Rachel is focused on preserving and capitalizing on those assets through rehabbing and revitalization, greening the city, incorporating more walk-able and bike-friendly corridors, improving the business district, exploring all mass transit options for the future, and ensuring urban living friendly development along the riverfront -- all to maximize the impact on Newport as a desirable place to live, work and play.
Read more about Rachel's vision for Newport.
Experienced in City Planning Across the Country
Rachel is a trained city planner with an advanced degree in urban planning (see About page for more). In addition, she works with all sizes of municipalities across the country every day to help them develop greener, more livable cities. She has the opportunity to experience the efforts of other cities to revitalize neighborhoods and downtown areas and address many urban challenges -- both what works and what doesn't. Through her work, she facilitates discussions in cities between many stakeholders (city economic development, city planning, private developers, elected officials, and active non-profits) to develop master plans to green cities through public-private partnerships. Her work goes beyond greenspace to include many fields in city management (public works, vacant and blighted-lot abatement, stormwater management, placemaking, and more). These are learnings and opportunities that can be applied to Newport. The greater Cincinnati area can be a bit behind the curve, but it doesn't need to be. More exposure to what other cities are doing will aid our efforts (not reinvent the wheel). With background and training in city policies, ordinances, and development regulations, Rachel is well positioned to serve the residents of Newport, Kentucky, as a city commissioner.
I am a member of a growing constituency in Newport: non-native professionals who moved to Newport for the urban-living experience. Newport has a solid foundation of life-long residents, which is an asset for any community, and "transplants" add to this already strong and vibrant core. This constituency can aid in attracting businesses as well. Potential residents to Newport are more often than not looking for a unique, high-quality, walk-able urban community to call home. Fortunate to have a focus on urban living, Newport is attracting, and can further attract, those companies hiring professionals.
Catch Up on all the Past Picture This Editions. As a way to convey her vision of Newport to the community, Rachel has been posting one new vision or urban living concept for Newport every couple weeks. Catch up on the past Picture This postings and get excited for the possibilities in Newport!
#15: A Final Recap
#14: Main Street Road Diets
#13: Mobility Plan: Focus on Walk, Bike, Transit
#12: Revamping Newport Festivals
#11: Is Newport a lovable city?
#10: Food Trucks in Newport? Yes Please.
#9: Planning for a Car-Free Generation
#8: Safer Streets through Community - Happy Birthday Jane Jacobs
#7: Reducing Pollution Running into the Ohio & Licking River
#6: Multi-Modal Options at Newport Pavilion
#5: We Don't Have to Wait for a Vibrant Waterfront - Pop-Up Parks and Barges
#4: A Tree-Rich Newport is a Vibrant Newport.
#3: Picture a Restored Stream AND a Walking/Biking Paths.
#2: Rethink 6th Street - Bike to Kroger, Library and School.
#1: Picture a Newport Central City Park.