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"We're going to need to be more focused in our work as we're starting to see tangible evidence of renewal," Nagel says. "We're really pleased with the groundbreaking at the Bancroft School. We think that will help to move the whole neighborhood forward."
To that end, MARC and the Green Impact Zone staff have identified eight project areas and three large-scale developments (the Bancroft site and adjoining properties among them) that they believe can stimulate investment. One of those projects is set to break ground next month. The Ivanhoe Neighborhood Council is preparing to launch its model block between Euclid and Prospect on 39th Street, developed in coordination with APD Urban Planning and Management LLC, a Jacksonville, Florida, consultant hired by the zone.
"The seeds have been planted, and things have been set in place," May says. "But I don't think we as a city can be satisfied if the zone goes away."
"We're pretty strong," Taylor says. "We won't lose the progress if the Green Impact Zone goes away. It will just slow things down. If something is out of our league, it will just take some more research to get it done."
If redevelopment does stall, certain advancements will remain. The Troost Avenue bridge has been built, and a pedestrian walkway is slated to be completed by September. The Troost MAX bus line is running. The neighborhoods will have stretches of new sidewalks, traffic signals and resurfaced streets. But Rep. Cleaver's vision was a big idea — the kind of big idea capable of attracting Make It Right — and it was meant to transform 150 blocks, not 15. Are some of the neighborhoods in the zone doomed to be forgotten all over again?
"The biggest thing for me is that we have raised the possibility of hope," Maltbia says. "Now we want to light a fire that will burn on its own."