Participating Team Case Studies

Participating Team Case Studies

Browse our stories below to discover the impact that the Incubator experience has had on past participating teams. Check back for updates on our 2017 participating teams.

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Connecting City and Community in Santa Monica's City Yards

2016 Incubator Team Case Study

The regeneration of Santa Monica's City Yards has been 70 years in the making. After almost 20 years of planning and adoption of a master plan in 2013, a multidisciplinary team attended the 2016 EcoDistricts Incubator ready to embrace a holistic, community-focused process to put their plan into action.

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A History of Leading Change in Atlanta's AVE Ecodistrict

2016 Incubator Team Case Study

Atlanta, Georgia’s historic African American neighborhoods are nothing if not resilient. Resourcefulness, community activation, and local partnerships have helped the city’s Black communities persist through centuries of challenges — from the Civil War to the Civil Rights movement in the 1960s and urban decay in the 1970s and 80s. Today, a group of neighborhoods, the AVE Ecodistrict, is capitalizing on strong community partnerships and guidance from EcoDistricts programs, including the annual Incubator, to help revitalize a large area of Atlanta’s African American neighborhoods.

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millvale-pa-tnSmall Town, Big Impact: Resident-Driven Change in Millvale, PA

2016 Incubator Team Case Study

A group of residents in the Pittsburgh borough of Millvale, PA has spent the past decade implementing urban regeneration projects across this former industrial town. After years of exemplar progress and in need of a more sophisticated planning process, Millvale stakeholders attended the EcoDistricts Incubator in April 2016 in Portland, Oregon. Less than a year later, the district’s transformation stands as an example of what sustainable, community-led planning can look like.

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Making the Near North Side New in St. Louis

2015 Incubator Team Case Study

The regeneration of NNS started back in 2014. A low income, high unemployment area located just north of downtown, the NNS community itself was a paradox. On one hand it was a marginalized and distressed area of the city, yet its location presented a unique opportunity. Located just off of a major highway exit, NNS had the potential to become the main transit gateway into St. Louis.

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High Expectations for Rochester’s First EcoDistrict

2015 Incubator Team Case Study

The City of Rochester, New York can lay claim to many accolades. It was one of America’s first boomtowns, is a national center of higher education, and was the birthplace of multiple innovative corporations, including Kodak, Xerox, and Bausch & Lomb. Since 2015, it has added another distinction — it’s the site of New York’s first official Ecodistrict project.

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Victoria EcoDistrict

Food for Thought: Victoria’s Newest EcoDistrict Accelerates Engagement

2015 Incubator Team Case Study

The Food EcoDistrict (FED) encompasses a Victoria, BC neighborhood recognized for its vibrant small businesses and outstanding local food options. The FED’s mission is unique to the foodie-centric city: they are working with 12 restaurants to create urban agriculture projects that beautify the neighborhood and raise awareness about locally-sourced food.

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Bringing Up Uptown in Pittsburgh, PA

2014 Incubator Team Case Study

Pittsburgh is undergoing an enormous transition. After a generation of economic decline following a collapse of heavy industry, the city is now benefitting from strategic investment and a resilient and progressive core of long-time residents, young talent, and urban leaders who are championing sustainable growth in neighborhoods including the central Uptown district.

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A Tale of Two Cities: Eco-D and Defining Sustainable Neighborhood Regeneration in Detroit

2014 Incubator Team Case Study

Since the 2014 Incubator, the Eco-D team has crafted the process and program by which they are going to create and define sustainable district-scale development in Detroit. Suburban sprawl, the collapse of the automotive industry, expansive freeway development, and crippling bankruptcy. The story of the decline of Detroit, formerly one of the nation’s booming urban centers, is a tragic and very public one.

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Austin EcoDistrict

Austin: City Without Sustainability Limits

2012 Incubator Team Case Study

In this fourth installment of the Incubator Success Stories series, we’re visiting Austin, Texas’ Seaholm District, a former industrial area of the rapidly growing state capital that’s serving as a showcase for sustainable district-scale development across the city. Austin also joined us as a Target Cities project, and we’re reflecting on one year of Target Cities progress in this post.

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A Two-Fold Success: San Francisco’s Central SoMa and Citywide Eco-District Program

2012 Incubator Team Case Study

The City by the Bay has long been a leader in municipal-wide sustainability and environmental policies. It was one of the first US cities to require climate action plans from all city departments. San Francisco is also on its way to achieving both zero waste to landfills and 100 percent renewable energy by 2020. Thanks to municipal-level policies like these and many others, it’s not surprising that San Francisco continually lands at the top of sustainable city lists.

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