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Thursday, JAn. 10, 2019


The Hilltop Community Plan needs guiding principles under which the plan recommendations will be developed.

On Thursday, Jan. 10, we asked meeting participants to divide into three groups—People, Place, and Home—to collectively edit suggested guiding principle statements. The results of these collective edits are shown below.


These statements are intentionally broad, visionary, and ambitious. They will help guide the development of strategies to address problems and harness opportunities on the Hilltop.




Every person deserves unrestricted access to high-quality physical, mental and emotional healthcare, including addiction, rehabilitation services, and primary care.


All Pre-K to High School aged children will be prepared for living wage jobs in diverse opportunities by integrating workforce development with academic and vocational experience.

Employment & Income

Opportunities and assistance for living wage employment will be accessible, achievable, retainable, and include the ability for career progress.




The Hilltop will support and sustain a variety of businesses to create a foundation of amenities and economic activity for existing residents and visitors.



The Hilltop will be a safe, secure, and inviting community for residents.


Mobility & Recreation

Hilltop infrastructure will embrace a multi-modal transportation network that is responsive to the needs of community today and in the future.


Mixed-Income & Affordability    

The Hilltop will be home for a range of income levels, while staying true to its diverse heritage.


Housing in the neighborhood will be safe inside and out, and properties will be well-maintained.



People will be encouraged and empowered to buy homes for neighborhood stability and community pride.


We’ve been hearing from Hilltop residents like you for months about issues that are facing the neighborhood. Now we need to start prioritizing issues and moving forward toward solutions. We asked 51 participants at the Jan. 10 meeting to rank these five issues under each category. The results below show the results of this exercise:




  1. Drug addiction trafficking

  2. Mental health

  3. Financial wellness

  4. Infant mortality

  5. Primary care


  1. Parent engagement

  2. High school graduation

  3. Vocational training

  4. Kindergarten readiness

  5. Divided school boundaries

Employment & Income

  1. Living wage jobs/training

  2. Transportation

  3. “Soft skills” development

  4. Wealth-building programs

  5. Shared equity businesses.




  1. Trash and litter

  2. Local businesses

  3. Weak market conditions

  4. Streetscape

  5. Customer access



  1. Violent crime

  2. Surveillance/responsiveness

  3. Proactive policing

  4. Speeding vehicles

  5. Inadequate sidewalks

Mobility & Recreation

  1. Resident engagement and socialization

  2. Access for elderly/disabled

  3. Infrastructure for people walking or biking

  4. Bus routes and shelters

  5. Recreational amenities/programs


Mixed-Income & Affordability    

  1. Diverse portfolio of affordable housing

  2. Rehabilitate historic housing

  3. Prevent displacement

  4. Create smaller districts

  5. More housing and density


  1. Home repair, maintenance, curb appeal

  2. Infrastructure: Fix flooding issues, more trees, streetlights

  3. Aging in place

  4. Encourage compatible new construction/remodeling

  5. Leverage rental registry


  1. Create attractions/amenities to draw new homebuyers

  2. Tax abatements for home improvement

  3. Incentivize redevelopment for homeownership

  4. Increase owner-occupied tax credit

  5. First-time buyer assistance

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