Goals for the Neighborhood

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Promote the Creation and Use of Front Porches

Front porches, balconies, and forecourts, as well as dining terraces and similar outdoor rooms that front public streets, not only allow homeowners to make better use of front and side yards. These spaces also promote a safer and more neighborly community by enhancing visibility and by increasing the opportunities for people to casually interact with each other.

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Increase Taxes on Spray Paint, Etc.

The City of San Bernardino along with other local jurisdictions should impose targeted taxes on the sale of products that create negative externalities to third parties who are not involved in the decision-making process between a producer and a consumer when they make a transaction. In the case of spray paint that is able to permanently deface property, the revenue from these taxes can go to help pay for graffiti removal. ...more »

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Prohibit All Signs in Windows and Require More Fenestration

Current codes prohibit a certain percentage of windows from being covered. But, more must be done to reduce visual pollution and to improve visibility to and from the street. Passive and active surveillance by the general public and by law enforcement is in everyone's best interests since it effectively prevents crime by modifying the design of the built environment.

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Form a Corporation or an L.L.C. to Reinvest in the Neighborhood

Establishing a private corporation or limited-liability company would help create the critical mass of initial investors needed to enhance the economics of the neighborhood in order to catalyze additional investment and to promote increasing property values. Such an enterprise could buy real-estate properties (commercial; single-family residential; multi-family residential; mixed-use; etc.) as they come onto the market ...more »

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