Savannah was selected as one of the five U.S. cities to participate in the pilot project, Lean Urbanism. The goal is to help determine short-term incremental improvements and resources that can assist infill development and small scale revitalization. Many times these projects are burdened with heavy “red tape” requirements that curtails smaller developers and projects.
Why Savannah was considered as one of the pilot cities?
Savannah is a selected community to test and create the kind of tools that enable sustainable revitalization through the small scale actions. It meets the criteria for recognizing that incrementalism and creativity can be applied to older neighborhoods, declining shopping centers, and empty buildings, as opposed to being liabilities. It recognizes the need for reducing process burdens for small enterprise development, self-building and retrofit with municipal leadership support. Local support also plays a big part with businesses, homeowners, residents, organizations and community nonprofits.
With the motive of Lean Urbanism being “Make Small Possible,” this influences entrepreneurship and job opportunities for those who didn’t think it was possible to build or rebuild, or even start a business. Lean Urbanism is a movement that works towards making it easier for community building, starting a business and making affordable housing and development more attainable to residents and local developers.
Creating a smarter approach for small developments, fosters productivity and success within the community and neighborhoods. The Project for Lean Urbanism is the kind of opportunity that will raise the ranking for the city of Savannah for the quality of life and business-friendly policies that it provides. Additionally, small scale infill and development is how Savannah was originally designed and grown over time. Allowing easier small scale development is one tool which will help Savannah grow in a manner which is compatible to the urban fabric everyone loves here.