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Government Street Collaborative:

A Citizen Plan for Mobile’s Gateway Corridor

 

The Government Street Collaborative is a grassroots campaign that emerged to bring together residents north and south of Government Street and other Mobile citizens concerned with the historic corridor’s future.

 

 

Participants in the Collaborative are:

Old Dauphinway Historic District, Oakleigh Garden

District, Leinkauf Historic District Neighborhood Organization, Midtown Mobile Movement,

Church Street East Historic District, Dexter Street Porch Society, Lafayette Street Assn., Lower

Dauphin, Flo Claire Neighborhood Assn., Historic Mobile Preservation Society, and individuals.

 

These citizens recognize the importance of the Government Street corridor to our city’s history,

to our daily lives, and to our future.

 

Mobile is Ready and the Time is Right

The Government Street Collaborative wants good city planning and private investment that

applies the Map for Mobile Principles to Government Street to:

*Protect residential property values along and surrounding Government Street

*Insure historic preservation and protect heritage trees

*Maintain functionality and safety

*Use land appropriately and in the least intense ways

*Recognize Government Street’s aesthetic, historic, and functional contexts

*Protect Government Street from future blight and decline and reverses existing blight and

 decline

*Recognize the contributions residents and historic districts make to the city of Mobile

*Enhance residents’ quality of life through Government Street’s aesthetics and design,

 enrichment, neighborly connectedness, necessary neighborhood commerce, support for

 health by walkability and recreation,

*Offer true neighborhood commerce successfully integrated in a well-designed, mixed-use

 environment that contributes to quality of life.

 

A Natural Partnership

Neighbors need commerce, and neighborhood businesses need neighborhoods. It is a natural

partnership that is central to our vision for the Government Street corridor.

 

A PLANNING PROCESS to REWRITE THE NARRATIVE

Citizens in our Collaborative expressed concerns about an old narrative that has too often created a negative history. The story goes something like this:

Developers don’t like citizens. Citizens don’t like developers. Business ruins neighborhoods.

No one listens to us at City Hall. Citizens don’t know what they want. Citizen groups won’t

work together.

 

These old stories have not had happy endings.

 

The GSC wants to rewrite that narrative through better neighborhood planning, a shared group culture during the process, and a story that ends happily with a Citizens Vision for Government Street. Our tools will include:

 

Effective communication among groups in the Collaborative Commitment to a shared group culture promoting mutual respect, authenticity, trust, consistency, use of factual information of value

 

Use of social media to link people to ideas and to share the ideas of people

 

Face to face planning sessions at the neighborhood level to gather the ideas of our people

 

Shared, task-based facilitators as opposed to ceremonial leadership

 

Involvement of a broad range of constituents

 

Links to our city leadership and to commerce

 

Described in the Map for Mobile as a traditional corridor serving traditional neighborhoods,

Government Street holds this promise:

 

*a pedestrian- and bike-friendly corridor

*a well-designed built environment that is sensitive to the historic surroundings while

encouraging energy and progress for the future

*the preservation of historic buildings and the heritage tree canopy

*appropriately located commerce that supports the daily lives of residents

*a progressive, environmentally sensitive plan for traffic, transit, safety, and natural

spaces, that is functional and appropriate to a historic area

The Government Street Collaborative

will work to make that promise a reality.