Shreveport Common Vision Plan Map
VOTED “#1 Community Development Project in Nation,” National Development Council 2015-16
SHREVEPORT COMMON is a historic, long-blighted nine-block area located at the eastern edge of Shreveport’s HUD Choice neighborhood and the western edge of downtown Shreveport, Louisiana. Over 30 public/private partners are transforming the area following a year-long Creative Placemaking Vision Planning process. To date, stakeholders have invested over $50,000,000 of a 100,000,000 Portfolio of Projects that include unique public art and programming, greenspaces, historic preservation, saving and re-purposing endangered buildings to market-value and affordable mixed use, artist/creatives live/work, makerspaces and community market places. Implementation continues today based on the promise of the Shreveport Common Vision Plan and the community’s tenets for the UNCOMMON Community; that the transformation will be built on Authenticity of the area, Creativity, Sustainability and for the Community, and no displacement to the current neighbors - keeping them integral to the revitalization.
Shreveport Common began in 2012 with a $150,000 National Endowment for the Arts, Mayor’s Institute of City Design grant for a year-long community Vision Planning Process led by the City of Shreveport and the Shreveport Regional Arts Council (SRAC) after a fire destroyed the Arts Council’s home in 2009. In 2013, the arts council moved into the 10-year unoccupied, 1922 Central Fire Station, now the Central ARTSTATION with over 65% space devoted to Artist Resource Center, multi-use/black-box style Engine Room, emerging artist gallery, arts entrepreneur training center and community space. The $5.7M project, funded mostly through private donations, marked the first capital improvement in the area in over 50 years. Through the committed efforts of SRAC, City of Shreveport, property owners, neighbors and Shreveport Common, Inc. 501-C-3 nonprofit organization, Shreveport Common is one of the nation's premier Creative Placemaking projects; studied and featured by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Dept. of Urban Studies and Planning and was voted the #1 Outstanding Community Development Project in the Nation by the National Development Council Academy (2015-16)
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