A community that knows what it wants is much better positioned for taking action than one that only knows what it does not want. Yes, it's always easy to articulate that failures we have seen - broken windows, rundown houses, disrespectful neighbors, peeling paint - are oftentimes a result of poor property management. However, what if we focused on the future we wished to see and then set the coordinates for making it our destination?
Why did we choose this destination? What does it look like? How will we know when we get there? Knowing what we want is truly half the battle. Writing it down seals the deal. When we do this in a sincere way that engages all stakeholders, balancing the needs and desires of current residents with potential ones, we paint a true picture of a future that the community can not only embrace and support but one that energizes today's and tomorrow's leaders to execute with precision.