Demand quality design in scale with the District, and infill standards tailored to the District. Promote right-sized sustainable change that does not disrupt the quality of life.
Educate both public and private sector leaders on the value and benefits of our historic neighborhood; promote public policies that protect and re-use historic buildings.
Update the Historic Resources Survey to include Mid-Century Modern structures and other eligible structures that may have been overlooked in the original survey conducted around 2003.
Work with the City to design, purchase and place street sign toppers around the District to recognize and honor the Winn Park Historic District.
The Association goal is to raise $2,500 to design and purchase street sign toppers - like you see in Boulevard Park and Mansion Flats, to place around our District. We also want to purchase 3-5 larger signs to place at major intersections. Ideally we would like to place signs at every intersection but the city limits us to 12 toppers per District. We have 35 intersections in our District so we will work with our neighbors to determine the best locations for the sign toppers.
A neighborhood is like an ecosystem, with a “character” defined by a complex web of interactions between the neighborhood and the region. New housing must be done with care to ensure that both the neighborhood and new residents thrive.
Well designed infill complements the surrounding neighborhood while establishing its own distinct sense of place. Poorly designed infill, by contrast, becomes an awkward appendage with no internal coherence or connection to its surroundings. How a building meets the street matters, the materials matter, and the scale and size of spaces and buildings matter. It has been proven that better designed streetscapes and public spaces typically have less crime, higher pedestrian activity and increased economic activity.
In 2010, the Knight “Soul of the Community” study investigated why people move somewhere. It asked the question: “Great schools, good transit, affordable health care and safe streets all help create strong communities. But is there something deeper that draws people to a city—that makes them want to put down roots and build a life?” After interviewing more than 40,000 residents over three years, the top three answers for why someone loves living in a place shocked almost everyone—they are “social offerings, openness, and aesthetics.” DESIGN MATTERS ! ! !
The Association goal is to raise $15,000 and to find matching funds to hire a Cultural Resources Specialist to update the Historic Resources Survey to assess Mid-Century Modern architecture and structures that may have been overlooked in the original Winn Park Historic District Survey conducted in the 1990's.