There are many unique attributes that provide Erie’s West Bayfront community its character and identity. The Our West Bayfront Community Plan was initiated to facilitate a focused approach to reversing recent trends of disinvestment and disconnection, and identifying a new path towards a shared-vision for this downtown neighborhood’s future. Founded on intensive community-outreach and feedback, the planning team’s work was continuously directed and shaped by residents and stakeholders. City Architecture conducted a process that identified the concerns, hopes and goals of the community, explored opportunities to create positive and sustainable change and provided a road map for the people of West Bayfront to guide its growth. Recommendations further focused on incremental change – forged in Action Items - to continue discussion and momentum.
The process for the Our West Bayfront Plan was designed to function very much from the ground up - focusing on neighborhood desires and aspirations. The community’s voice drove the planning work and formed the foundation of the plan’s recommendations. The community’s thoughts, concerns and visions were critical in understanding the neighborhoods and creating responsive initiatives to support them. This is a place for people from a wide variety of backgrounds, and a successful planning process must reflect their voices.