One of my absolute favorite work experiences is the three years I spent managing the City of Austin’s Neighborhood Partnering Program. In this role, I was constantly inspired by the creativity and passion of the Austin community in transforming often underutilized eyesores into beloved community assets. It was also an immense privilege to work with the talented staff at the City of Austin whose ingenuity and creative problem solving pushed these projects forward to implementation. ~Justin
Neighborhood Partnering Program
(with the City of Austin)
Project Involvement: 2013 – 2016
Project Role: Program Manager
As City of Austin’s Neighborhood Partnering Program Manager, Justin worked with neighborhood and community groups to plan, design, fund and build community-initiated placemaking projects on underutilized pieces of City property.
With the community fully empowered, the results were stunning. Streets were transformed with sidewalks and separated bicycle lanes to provide safe passage to schools. Street murals, roundabouts, and rain gardens added unique character to neighborhoods. City owned vacant lots, floodplain and right-of-way were turned into community gardens, food forests, landscaping and pocket parks. New play equipment, trails, and murals provided texture and pride to city parks. Partnerships with local design professionals and advocacy organizations bridged equity issues.
Under Justin’s leadership developing the program and working with the community in developing their projects, the program blossomed into a political favorite among City Council members and was recognized with several national awards to include the American Planning Association’s Sustainability Award of Excellence and the American Public Work’s Association’s Management Innovation Award.
For more information on the City of Austin’s Neighborhood Partnering Program and complete list and description of projects visit: https://www.austintexas.gov/department/neighborhood-partnering-program