|Mission with Broadmoor Improvement Association|
By Kathleen Coverick, Urban Planning Fellow, Broadmoor Improvement Association
In November 2008,
After Katrina, the BIA was faced with an extraordinary challenge: to organize and lead the residents of Broadmoor in a coordinated and effective rebuilding effort. The BIA is the community vehicle for residents to participate in the planning and implementation of recovery projects. The mission statement for the BIA was modified to incorporate the mission of rebuilding the physical and social aspects of neighborhood:
"The vision for Broadmoor is to fully repopulate the neighborhood, rebuild the infrastructure and institutions, and develop a safer, stronger community that is committed to providing a better quality of life for all residents." Led by the BIA, residents came together in a comprehensive, resident-driven planning process to create a redevelopment plan for the neighborhood. To effectively implement the redevelopment plan, the BIA works closely with the city government and has represented Broadmoor residents in numerous cases concerning zoning and other key rebuilding issues. The BIA has created a Social Work department, and is tracking residents’ needs and recovery status of the properties in the neighborhood through an online database.
From an email sent to
“....I just wanted to let you know that we had our training with Jenny over the past two days. She was absolutely wonderful and helpful, and we've already begun to use what we learned through the training by preparing our data so that it can be more easily used in tandem with GIS. I so appreciate your assistance in finding Jenny.
Many thanks, Kathleen
Urban Planning Fellow
Broadmoor Development Corporation
Broadmoor Improvement Association