This fall, Paul Stewart, former czb client and Executive Director of The Oswego Renaissance Association, was interviewed on the Strong Towns podcast.
In Stewart’s interview he describes: “There had just been neighborhoods declining, blight increasing, property values stagnant or dropping… this was in 2009 or 2010. I became very concerned [for Oswego’s neighborhoods]. I just felt like this was not sustainable.”
“I did a lot of research online and I came across an approach called the Healthy Neighborhoods approach... and I found out that there was a few other cities, Jamestown, New York and Geneva, New York in New York that were doing this approach with much success... one thing led to another and I got in touch with czb and they agreed to do a study of our city.”
”What [czb] found in that year of work through collaborative work with us… was that there had been a snowball loss of confidence in our neighborhoods… we were pulling out of our own neighborhoods, of our own city, both economically and socially. [Through this process] we were shown that we have the capacity to revitalize our neighborhoods and community.”
For Paul’s full interview on the Strong Towns podcast, please visit http://www.strongtowns.org/journal/2016/9/8/an-interview-with-paul-stewart.
For more information about czb’s work with the Oswego Renaissance Association, please visit: http://www.oswegonyonline.com.