For its last stakeholder meeting of the fiscal year, North Broad Renaissance (NBR) wanted to do something a bit more engaging than a PowerPoint presentation on the progress being made with its five-year plan to revitalize North Broad Street’s commercial corridor.
So instead, Shalimar Thomas, executive director of the city-funded nonprofit acting as a Special Service District, rented a bus for community members and stakeholders to go for a ride up North Broad Street from City Hall to Germantown Avenue this past Thursday.
With Thomas as the tour guide, it was a way for people to see firsthand some of the work that’s been done by the organization to improve the area by the year 2020, according to four areas of focus:
- Cleaning and safety
- Maintenance and landscaping
- Marketing and communications
- Economic development
Making North Broad clean and safe is one of NBR’s key projects because, as Thomas put it, public perception plays a huge part in the business development of an area which in turn helps lead to more economic and employment opportunities. It’s why NBR hired vendor TWB Cleaning Contractors in October 2016 to clean up specific sites through July, she said. NBR has also been working closely with the Office of Innovation and Technology to help manage seven new safety cameras…Read Full Article