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New Neighborhood Partnership Brings Residents Together 2017

Doña Ana Communities United (DACU) and the City of Las Cruces’ Sustainability Office received funding from Partners for Places to work with residents in the Bellamah/Nevada neighborhood. The City will design and construct a shaded corridor and join DACU and community residents in tree planting, urban art, and timebank opportunities.

The goals of the project are to create social and physical neighborhood connections; make streets more pedestrian and bicycle friendly; and maximize growth of the tree canopy using green infrastructure to harvest storm water for the landscaping. This is a great example of developing a “quality of place” where neighbors come together in a cool and welcoming community. DACU and the City are also working with the community school at Lynn Middle School.

The Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities leads Partners for Places and brings together foundations - in this case, Pisces Foundation, the Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Family Foundation, and the Turner Foundation. The $25,000 grant was obtained thanks to an equal match from the Santa Fe Community Foundation. The project will be managed through Doña Ana Communities United in partnership with the City.