Mission: Promoting the growth of civic engagement and pride around thoughtful, sustainable, walkable, and inclusive infill development in the Phoenix metro area, with a particular focus on the Phoenix, Tempe and Mesa urban cores.
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For(u)m is a membership based program of Local First Arizona dedicated to furthering diverse, context-sensitive and responsible development through infill, adaptive reuse, preservation, and redevelopment. The program serves as an information exchange that organizes and informs development professionals focused on urban infill projects, advocating for a balanced dialog between residents, city government, and business stakeholders.
For(u)m will inform members with access to critical figures in the planning and development realm in order to educate and raise awareness of the urgency on these issues, and to increase coordinated and expedited response times from the development community. Communication will be through a digital newsletter, social media, and optional social and informational gatherings.
Potential topics in the exchange include:
- Pending development projects, both residential and commercial
- Transportation issues
- Neighborhood initiatives
- Reactive anti-development policies
- Context-sensitive parking requirements for walkable access
- Adaptive reuse and mixed-use streamlining and preservation
- Land use issues
- City-issued RFPs
- Emerging trends and market opportunities
- Creative development strategies and solutions
- Innovative projects in other markets
- Historic preservation
- New zoning and code requirements
- Alternative financing vehicles and lenders
- Transit-Oriented Development
- Tax incentives
Local First Arizona's For(u)m program partnered with LISC Phoenix and the City of Phoenix to present a tour of the Camelback Light Rail Corridor in uptown Phoenix, between Central and 19th avenues along Camelback Road--highlighting its successes in revitalization and identity-building, and opportunities for future growth and development.
In her podcast, Kimber discusses her challenges in being a local business owner, what led her to founding Local First Arizona, how placemaking is critical to healthy communities, and her passion for Arizona.
LFA For(u)m returns for 2017 with revamped memberships, programming, and an ever-expanding commitment to a responsible built environment in the Valley.
Vintage Partners has repositioned itself in the development world through thoughtful, neighborhood-based adaptive reuse projects, centered around the marquee Uptown Plaza, first constructed in 1955. With the locally-owned AJ’s grocery store as a lasting anchor, Vintage transformed its context to welcome such independent highlights as Muse Apparel, Local Nomad, R&R Surplus, Zookz, Manor Shoes, and Flower Child, re-rooting the Plaza to place.
Local First Arizona For(u)m zeroes in on the specific issues that come to light in building an equitable, walkable, sustainable Valley. For its Fall slate of programming, For(u)m engages with the production of workforce housing, the entitlement process, and historic preservation, and their attendant barriers and openings in meeting the scale of this housing crisis.
The LFA For(u)m is a membership based program dedicated to furthering diverse, context-sensitive and responsible development through infill, adaptive reuse, preservation, and redevelopment.
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