So I'm working for a non-profit affordable housing developer in a mid-sized city and was hired to help develop a neighborhood revitalization program. Essentially they want to purchase, rehab, and resale dilapitated, renter ocupied housing to first time home buyers.
I found out that the city is starting a neighborhood business district revitalization program based on the national trusts main street program.
It doesn't take a brain surgeon to realize that we might both have better luck if we combine our efforts. I was curious if anyone had any similar experiences. Also, does anyone have any materials, anecdotal or otherwise which discuss the impact of improving a business district/main street on residential neighborhoods or vice versa? Words of wisdom, caveats?