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1 Durham City County Appearance Commission Durham Appearance Advocacy Group

2 Appearance is… Appearance is related to economic development and job creation. Appearance encompasses everything from rights of way, trees and plantings, litter and trash removal, commercial and housing code enforcement, sign pollution et al. Appearance is more than just litter Durham City County Appearance Commission Durham Appearance Advocacy Group

3 What is appearance and why is it important? 1. Economic benefits 2. Civic Pride 3. Crime Prevention 4. Environmental Impact 5. Major developments 6. Gateways 7. Wayfinding Incorporating visual beauty into public spaces is an effective method for raising property values, reducing crime, and enhancing the local economy. Individuals and businesses consider all of these things when pondering new investments in Durham. Active reuse of vacant lots improves surrounding property values. Durham City County Appearance Commission Durham Appearance Advocacy Group

4 What is appearance and why is it important? 1. Economic benefits 2. Civic Pride 3. Crime prevention 4. Environmental impact 5. Major developments 6. Gateways 7. Wayfinding According to a Gallup poll, aesthetics ranks in the top three reasons why residents love a community. In a public opinion poll of Durham residents, by a margin of almost 4 to 1, residents agreed that Durham’s appearance and physical upkeep should be a high community priority (DCVB). Durham City County Appearance Commission Durham Appearance Advocacy Group

5 What is appearance and why is it important? 1. Economic benefits 2. Civic Pride 3. Crime prevention 4. Environmental impact 5. Major developments 6. Gateways 7. Wayfinding Disorderly conditions encourage bad behavior and fixing them can help prevent crime. The City of Boston reported a 20% decline in police calls from parts of town that received appearance upgrades. Violent crime in New York City decreased by 75% over a 12-year period after broken windows policing was adopted. Durham City County Appearance Commission Durham Appearance Advocacy Group

6 What is appearance and why is it important? 1. Economic benefits 2. Civic Pride 3. Crime prevention 4. Environmental impact 5. Major developments 6. Gateways 7. Wayfinding A cleaner environment, in addition to its economic benefits, is also a healthier environment. Planting trees can improve environmental quality and increase the value of surrounding structures by as much as 20%. Durham City County Appearance Commission Durham Appearance Advocacy Group

7 What is appearance and why is it important? 1. Economic benefits 2. Civic Pride 3. Crime prevention 4. Environmental impact 5. Major developments 6. Gateways 7. Wayfinding Examples: 1. DPAC 2. American Tobacco 3. Golden Belt 4. West Village 5. Duke Chapel 6. NCCU BRITE 7. Brightleaf Square 8. RDU Airport 9. Nasher Museum 10. DBAP Durham City County Appearance Commission Durham Appearance Advocacy Group

8 What is appearance and why is it important? 1. Economic benefits 2. Civic Pride 3. Crime prevention 4. Environmental impact 5. Major developments 6. Gateways 7. Wayfinding Implementing the city’s Central Durham Gateways Plan will improve the appearance of major entrances and transition points in and around the city, enhancing the overall perception of Durham. Durham City County Appearance Commission Durham Appearance Advocacy Group

9 What is appearance and why is it important? 1. Economic benefits 2. Civic Pride 3. Crime prevention 4. Environmental impact 5. Major developments 6. Gateways 7. Wayfinding A cohesive way finding program would facilitate movement throughout the community for residents and visitors, by integrating road and pedestrian signage, markers or other interpretive displays, district identification signage, parking identification and information kiosks and maps. Durham City County Appearance Commission Durham Appearance Advocacy Group

10 How are we doing? Downtown Streetscapes Streetscape quality: Durham has recognized that enhancing downtown and neighborhood sidewalks and streets is vital to the community’s quality of life. Plant material, signage, lighting and public art were selected to complement the surrounding environments. Sustainable planting spaces were created to allow minimal maintenance; trees and shrubs were selected to add visual interest to the pedestrian friendly walkways and multi-use plazas. Durham City County Appearance Commission Durham Appearance Advocacy Group

11 How are we doing? Abandoned Buildings Abandoned buildings decrease tax revenue, devalue neighboring properties, encourage crime, and reduce the amount of available low cost housing. The City of Durham’s Neighborhood Improvement Services, among other departments, is working to accelerate the rehabilitation and/or sale and rehabitation of abandoned houses in Durham. Durham City County Appearance Commission Durham Appearance Advocacy Group

12 How are we doing? Landscaping Key Contributors: Many organizations contribute positively to a beautifully landscaped Durham, such as: 1. Universities 2. Research Triangle Park 3. RDU Airport 4. Shopping complexes 5. Downtown Redevelopment areas 6. Civic Groups 7. HOAs/Neighborhood groups Durham City County Appearance Commission Durham Appearance Advocacy Group

13 How are we doing? Appearance Opportunities Landscaping Signage Litter Control Roadsides and Medians There are many key areas which need attention: , north of Briggs Ave. 2. Hillsborough Road 3. Fulton St. at Erwin Rd. 4. Railroad Corridors 5. Erwin Road traffic circle 6. 15/501 Corridor 7. Avondale at I Many Others Durham City County Appearance Commission Durham Appearance Advocacy Group

14 What are we doing? City Programs Solid Waste Department Neighborhood Improvement Services General Services The Department of Solid Waste Management works in concert with the Department of Neighborhood Improvement Services to ensure faster cleanup of illegally dumped items, illegal set-outs, litter, spilled garbage, quick paint-out and/or removal of graffiti, and cleaning of sidewalks and street gutters. The department also coordinates the efforts of Impact Teams and Summer Youth Clean-up crews with neighborhood and community groups. Durham City County Appearance Commission Durham Appearance Advocacy Group

15 Lynchburg, VA City Beautification SAGE Program (Streetscape Appearance Green Enhancement) Developed by a private landscape architecture firm in 1991, HDLA, to address the fact that the VADOT had no funds allocated for beautification and landscaping along the Lynchburg Expressway. HDLA developed a plan for installing a series of gardens and landscaped areas along the expressway to significantly improve the appearance of this corridor. The City’s Keep Lynchburg Beautiful Commission got companies and community groups to sponsor the gardens and secured state and federal grants. They were able to raise over $1.5 million for the project through private donations. The SAGE Program is managed by the City and funded solely through private donations and grants. This very successful nationally recognized program has now expanded to other communities in Virginia including Rocky Mount and Farmville VA. How do we compare to other cities? Durham City County Appearance Commission Durham Appearance Advocacy Group

16 How do we compare to other cities? Cincinnati, OH City Beautification Neighborhood Enhancement Program (NEP) is a partnership between the city, neighborhood residents, property owners and community groups. Funding comes from the city, private donations and grants. NEP is a targeted effort that strategically selects project neighborhoods using Quality of Life indicators (vacant buildings, foreclosures, building code violations, weeds and litter violations, junked autos) & Crime Data statistics. The program integrates and concentrates city service delivery and community redevelopment efforts over a 90-day period to quickly improve the quality of life in the targeted area. Services Include: Cleaning up streets, sidewalks, parks and vacant lots; Beautifying streetscapes and public right of way; Building code enforcement & Identifying and ‘cooling down’ crime hot spots. The NEP has been implemented successfully in multiple neighborhoods and has achieved lasting results. Durham City County Appearance Commission Durham Appearance Advocacy Group

17 How do we compare to other cities? Cincinnati, OH City Beautification Future Blooms is a high-impact, low- cost community beautification program started by Keep Cincinnati Beautiful to improve the appearance of vacant, abandoned and foreclosed properties using public art. The funding comes from grants money. The program paints over boarded up windows and doors to create colorful windows, awnings, flower boxes and doors to give the properties a “lived in” look. So far, they have painted over 150 buildings and they recently expanded the program to include beautifying nearby vacant lots. Future Blooms has found that by beautifying vacant lots and buildings there is a significant reduction in crime, less blight, and increased property values in these areas which has encouraged economic development. beforeafterbeforeafter beforeafterbeforeafter Durham City County Appearance Commission Durham Appearance Advocacy Group

18 How do we compare to other cities? Providence, RI City Beautification Downtown Improvement District Clean Team In 2005, residents, businesses, and the City of Providence joined together to form a Downtown Improvement District. The district funds a dedicated Downtown Clean Team that complements existing City and provides enhanced cleaning and maintenance services in the downtown area. Services include: litter removal, gum removal, sidewalk power washing, graffiti removal, cleaning of street furniture, weeding, summer planting program and other tasks. This program has significantly improved the appearance & maintenance of downtown Providence. Durham City County Appearance Commission Durham Appearance Advocacy Group

19 What are we doing? Special Districts Durham has several areas which receive intense beautification treatment, either through a special district tax or earmarked funds through operating budgets. 1. Raleigh-Durham Int’l Airport 2. Research Triangle Park 3. Downtown Durham 4. Various Homeowner Associations and Neighborhoods Durham City County Appearance Commission Durham Appearance Advocacy Group

20 What are we doing? County Programs Solid Waste Division The Department of General Services’ Solid Waste Division provides litter control investigation, enforcement and remediation of properties located in the unincorporated areas of Durham County impacted by illegally dumped litter and abandoned junked vehicles. The Solid Waste Division also provides litter prevention education and roadside and community clean ups. The division coordinates their efforts with Keep Durham Beautiful, Inc. and the Community Service Work Program. Durham City County Appearance Commission Durham Appearance Advocacy Group

21 What are we doing? Durham City County Appearance Commission The DCCAC is a group of citizen volunteers that work to promote appearance related issues in Durham. The DCCAC works on initiatives such as this appearance presentation, the Gateways plan and the Golden Leaf Awards. The DCCAC also reviews new public buildings planned for Durham. Durham City County Appearance Commission Durham Appearance Advocacy Group

22 What are we doing? Durham Appearance Advocacy Group The DAAG is comprised of representatives from various organizations in Durham that care about appearance including the city and county governments, the DCCAC, DCVB, the Great Durham Chamber of Commerce, Keep Durham Beautiful, neighborhood associations, and local businesses. Durham City County Appearance Commission Durham Appearance Advocacy Group

23 What else can we do? Central Durham Gateways Plan The purpose of the Central Durham Gateways Plan is to develop an overall identity and a “sense of place” for an area that is essentially a “corridor of gateways” into and through Central Durham. artments/planning/pdf/cd_gate ways_plan pdf Durham City County Appearance Commission Durham Appearance Advocacy Group

24 What else can we do? Long term funding for appearance and maintenance The Durham Appearance Advocacy Group has proposed a variety of options to the City and County for providing permanent funding to high priority appearance related improvements and maintenance items, such as a prepared food tax, ¼ cent sales tax, or penny on the property tax rate. Maintaining the community’s curb appeal needs to be a standard operating expense…not a special project. Government budgets need to reflect this priority. Durham City County Appearance Commission Durham Appearance Advocacy Group

25 What can YOU do? Volunteer Opportunities 1. Keep Durham Beautiful 2. Adopt a Highway (NCDOT) 3. Adopt a Street 4. Adopt a Park 5. Adopt a Stream 6. Earth Day 7. Big Sweep 8. Swat a Litterbug (NCDOT) 9. Creek Week (City Storm Water) 10. Litter Sweep (NCDOT) Durham City County Appearance Commission Durham Appearance Advocacy Group

26 What can YOU do? Donation/Sponsorship Opportunities 1. Keep Durham Beautiful 2. DCCAC – Golden Leaf Awards 3. Civic and Neighborhood Appearance Projects 4. Durham Central Park 5. SEEDS Call, Write or and VOTE! Tell City officials that you support an ongoing beautification effort! Durham City County Appearance Commission Durham Appearance Advocacy Group


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