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This report focuses on creative placemaking as a process that centers community members as the decision-makers for the future trajectory of their neighborhood. A long history of unjust planning decisions caused low-income communities of color in the U.S. to bear an unfair share of the burden of problem properties. In order to ensure revitalization is equitable and that it will work to rectify past injustices and meet the needs and preferences of current residents, those residents need to be included as decision-makers from the very beginning.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the art and music industry in Huntsville have been particularly hard hit. Loss of gigs, gallery showings, venue closures and recording studio shutdowns have resulted in significant financial strain on Huntsville artists. This document offers both local and global guides for Economic and Community Support, all focused on improving the music and arts industry.