Vision, Goals and Principles
Vision and Goals
The Partners’ vision for Richmond is a community in which every resident has access to affordable housing, and safe, reliable public transit that connects them to living-wage jobs, quality education, a clean environment, health care and other essential services. A place where community-driven economic development puts existing residents’ needs first, where urban revitalization provides opportunities for local businesses to thrive, and where local policies are part of a regional plan for achieving an equitable and sustainable Bay Area.
To help translate this vision into reality, the Initiative supports research, advocacy, organizing, and policy efforts to promote equitable development in Richmond. Our aim is to create clear alternatives to current planning and development practices that often result in gentrification and displacement. We want to ensure that the current and future development of Richmond benefits the city’s low-income/low-wealth residents.
Equitable Development Principles
The REDI team has established an alternative framework to current city planning and development practices that often emphasize piecemeal, short-term objectives over comprehensive, long-term goals. We have developed issue statements around five key elements that we feel are critical to the prosperity of Richmond.
- Equitable land use encourages patterns of land development located near public transit preserving the city’s heritage; revitalizes the urban center including downtown, commercial and industrial areas; benefits the community while minimizing adverse environmental impact; provides schools, libraries, and public services; protects important natural resources; and promotes community health through a balanced mix of affordable housing and economic growth.
- Equitable housing assures Richmond’s diverse population live in safe neighborhoods and healthy homes promoting social cohesion and civic participation by encouraging the construction of affordable housing and the rehabilitation of existing buildings.
- Equitable economic development addresses poverty,
unemployment and social inequality by providing stable, quality jobs for community residents, providing a living wage with good benefits and recognizing the strong connections between economic development, housing, transportation, education, and community health; ensuring a mix of industry, commerce, and service that draws on local resources. Economic policies are informed by community needs with the active participation of residents, businesses, worker and community organizations. Economic development strategies respect Richmond’s history, culture and resources supporting employment policies that secure living wages, training, and local hiring.
- Equitable transportation contributes to the health of communities and regions by addressing the mobility needs of the transit-dependent redirecting past transportation projects responsible for disparate environmental, social, and economic burdens in low-income communities. Benefits include enhanced economic activity, greater mobility, and stronger community bonds. Low-income parents, children and the elderly need affordable, reliable, safe, and dependable modes of transportation to get from home to work, green open spaces, schools and social facilities, commercial and social services. Public involvement in transportation planning must be open, accountable, enforceable and representative of the community it plans to serve.
- Community Health Community health is broadly defined as the physical, mental, and social health of its many residents. Community health means land uses are appropriately sited such that no neighborhood bears a disproportionate impact from pollution released from commercial and industrial sources. Streets and buildings are developed, designed, and placed to promote safe, recreational, pedestrian and bicycle activity. Children are encouraged to play outside in safe neighborhoods.