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About the Strong Neighborhoods Initiative 

 In 2010, City leadership recognized the need for a more comprehensive and coordinated approach to neighborhood revitalization. City leaders believed that struggling neighborhoods can be turned around with 
strategic interventions that support the physical revitalization of housing and infrastructure as well as the expansion of citizen opportunities to improve quality of life.  

At the direction of the City Council’s Neighborhood Conservation 
Committee, a new program framework, the Strong Neighborhoods 
Initiative (SNI), was developed that seeks to holistically improve 
neighborhoods through physical, social and economic investments that will tip neighborhoods toward self-sufficiency. 

The SNI program has completed work in the first round of neighborhoods, Classen Ten Penn (2013-18), Classen’s North Highland Parked (2013-2017), and Culbertson's East Highland (2013-2020). We will continue to track, share and celebrate their revitalization progress.

SNI is currently working with 3 additional neighborhoods, Capitol Hill (2018), Capitol View (2018), and Metro Park (2020). Staff is working with neighborhood residents, local stakeholders and city departments to develop and implement revitalization strategies for all three neighborhoods. 

Click image below to enlarge current neighborhood boundary map.

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SNI Goals

SNI neighborhoods will soon see beautification projects, new homes under construction, existing homes being repaired, hazardous trees removed, new trees planted, afterschool programs and more – all in an organized effort to realize the following revitalization outcomes: 

  1. Improved quality of life—From a place to “A Place”
  2. Engaged neighborhood groups, children & parents 
  3. Decreased turnover in neighborhood & schools 
  4. Improved property values & market stabilization 
  5. Decreased perception of crime 
  6. Reduction of vacant properties 
  7. Greater connectivity to jobs, education & services 
  8. Increased homeownership & private investment 

Available Programs and Opportunities 

COVID-19 Relief Program

Programs Available to SNI Neighborhoods

Current SNI Volunteer Opportunities

Upcoming SNI Workshops and Events

 Fall Tree Planting

Saturday, November 7th, 2020

 Capitol View Neighborhood  - Tree Request Form

All homes and businesses within the SNI boundaries of Capitol View (follow link for map) are eligible.   

Recent Workshops and Reports

One of the keys to the success of the SNI is openly engaging with the community and stakeholders. In this section, Staff will post SNI-related items such as recorded workshops, reports, updates or presentations that may be of interest.  
2014 STEAM Case Study

2013-2015 SNI Progress Report (Published Spring 2016)

2013-2018 Progress Report - CTP & CNHP (PDF)

2019 SNI Progress Report (PDF)

SNI Homeownership Virtual Workshop (Recorded June 2020)

Workshop Presentation (pdf) 

More Information

Shannon Entz
(405) 297-2911
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