Our team has engaged with members of the City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT) since its origins. The Transportation Program Coordinator, Ann Chanecka, provided a letter of support for the proposal, and has attended several meetings along with her colleague Andy Bemis. Although they fully support the idea of greening streets and that combining green infrastructure with biking is a synergy for safety and health, they also acknowledge the multiple hurdles of moving beyond the traditional grey infrastructure practice at the TDOT.
We held a Visioning Event on Saturday, November 4 2017 at the multipurpose room of STAR Academic High School. The objective of this event was to bring the community together to talk about how neighbors envision the future of this area, and see if green infrastructure can play a role in this vision. This event was led by our partners from Tierra y Libertad Organization (TYLO).
On July 20, 2017, we met with Dr. Eugenia Favela, Assistant to the Superintendent of the Sunny Side School District and Marsha Flores, Principal of STAR Academic High School at their offices in 2238 E Ginter Rd. During this meeting, we discussed several ways in which green infrastructure projects could be developed in school grounds by bringing in the school community, the surrounding community, and the community at large. Principal Flores talked about creating a student club "STAR Barrio Verde" to develop these projects that would be open to the community and using their facilities for community engagement. They want to hold an open forum where leaders can emerge to take individual projects under their supervision.
This meeting was organized by Laura Dent from Ward 1 and was held on May 2, 2017 at the Ward 1 offices (940 W Alameda). We held a prior conference call meeting with Laura where she indicated their goal of bring everyone together and see if there were ways to connect with neighborhood folks. She said that Regina Romero (City Council Woman) had ideas about engagement that she wanted to share with us.
Our second workshop was held on April 20, 2017 at Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT) offices (201 N Stone Ave.). For this workshop, we invited all the people that were listed in the previous workshop that included representatives from Watershed Management Group (WMG), Sonoran Institute, Living Street Alliance, TDOT, Trees for Tucson, Water Resources Research Center - Wet Project, Tucson Water Department, and Ward 1.