Connections for Sustainability

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Livability:

Livability is an indication of a community’s quality of life based on factors that include natural environments, economic prosperity, social stability and equity, educational opportunity and cultural, entertainment and recreation possibilities.

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Connections... Who & What

In the fall of 2010, the City of Greenville was awarded $1.8 million in grant funding to support a three-year planning effort. The grant was a combination of funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) as part of the interagency Partnership for Sustainable Communities. The City's proposal was one of 42 chosen throughout the country to receive funds, and only one of 14 to receive joint funding from HUD and DOT. The grant project began in spring 2011, and has been titled Connections for Sustainability: Linking Greenville's Neighborhoods to Jobs and Open Space.

Connections for Sustainability: Linking Greenville's Neighborhoods to Jobs and Open Space will work to deliver all the benefits of a livable community - multi-modal access, affordable housing, and increase green space- to low-income residents most in need of those benefits by undertaking a comprehensive planning effort that values community input.

Connections is aimed at establishing connections between affordable housing, transportation options, economic development opportunities and open space throughout the city, but will focus on Greenville’s west side. The vision for this area is to drastically reverse the trend of decline, address blighted areas and improve the quality of life for the area’s residents. The economic development opportunities surrounding this vision would create jobs within the area and provide residents with direct connections, via improved transit service, to other major economic sectors.

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Why Sustainability?

The Connections for Sustainability project seeks to address sustainability as a balance between the following three equally important goals, particularly in the west side neighborhoods where the need is greatest:

  1. Environment-Planet. Conserving natural systems and minimizing ecological impacts
  2. Equity-People. Focusing on people and communities and their needs.
  3. Economy-Prosperity/Profit. Creating a vibrant economy through the creation of wealth, prosperity, and jobs.

Affordable housing, economic development opportunities, open space and especially transportation options will be the proposed connections between the neighborhoods, the city and an improved quality of life.

Get Involved with the Connections to Sustainability project What makes our community sustainable? What makes housing affordable? These definitions and values need to be studied and debated. With help from everyone, the process and outcomes of this project will enable city and regional planners, policy-makers, developers, businesses and members of the community to sustain our community.

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quotation marks image indicating a quote follows In the past, some strong ideas have been voiced about what makes a good place for living. A good place to live in is responsive to the needs of its present occupants and it suggests that there will be future changes to come.

- Mills' Mill Redevelopment,
Clemson University College of Architecture