Ahh the moment has finally come. The Adaptive Reuse Plan has been finalized (attached) as well as compiled with the Existing Conditions Report (which is posted in earlier entries) to make one cohesive document that follows the community development process from start to finish. The document is evidence of the meticulous steps planners must take in order to have a positive impact on a community.
Overall, I think our group found the second quarter much more challenging. Existing Conditions reports are something that we have been trained to do since our first year in the program. We were able to apply the knowledge we had gathered as seasoned and experienced planning students. However, many of the concepts and metrics introduced to use in the second quarter were greatly unfamiliar. What was most challenging during the winter was, although we were learning so much about planner-community interaction, collaborative planning, public participation, visioning and goal setting, our interaction with the LPV community was much more restricted. It seemed that, in order to envision the Adaptive Reuse Plan, we had to act upon hypothetical situations. Looking back now, there can definitely be parallels drawn between the seemingly impossible challenges we faced in Winter Quarter and the challenges that community development planners face everyday. Financial, logistic, interpersonal, and legal challenges are just part of what must be tackled in order to achieve the end goal. What this class has elucidated the most, however, is the challenges that can arise from planning for a community that you are not from nor familiar with past a surface level (or existing conditions analysis -haha). In the end, however, our team was able to come up with Adaptive Reuse Recommendation that we believe will allow the Leimert Park Village to thrive and grow for decades to come.
P.S. – A note on the design of the report.
For the sake of consistency, the final combined report is in the same template as the Existing Conditions Analysis from last fall. However, you will notice that the separate Adaptive Reuse Plan document is in an updated format (derivative of the original design). This was intentional, in order to more properly fit the content of the report.