Incremental development builds on the idea that great places are built in small increments. Small-scale developers with an understanding of the local community are often better-equipped to succeed in improving a neighborhood. Forget the big top-down, large-scale developments. Going step-by-step to infill your city can pay off big for neighborhoods and neighborhood residents.
If you love your neighborhood and want to change it for the better but don’t know where to start, the Alliance can help.
The Alliance (sometimes referred to as IncDev) was founded in 2015 by R. John Anderson, Jim Kumon and Monte Anderson. John Anderson is a developer and consultant at Anderson|Kim and also writes about development at rjohnthebad. Monte Anderson of Options Real Estate has been a small developer around Dallas, Texas for over 20 years and Jim Kumon is an urban designer, neighborhood advocate and business manager with an undergraduate degree in architecture from the University of Michigan. Together they envisioned a new strategy for economic prosperity at the most local level – a network of small developers building flexible buildings which enhance their neighborhood context, and a small business culture that cultivates prosperity.
The Alliance is a not-for-profit that shows how small-scale development is faster, less expensive, and better suited to create opportunities than more traditional strategies such as tax subsidies, grants and government resources. Their workshops and two-day boot camps train small developers to give them the tools to turn their ideas into reality. They offer lectures, educational conference sessions and seminars to people who care about the built environment such as local civic groups and neighborhood organizations, real estate and home building associations, professional trade organizations and business associations. And they help municipalities with the rules and processes for small-scale development.
Go along to one of their upcoming events and be inspired.
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