Bottoms Up! The Franklinton Story, Jim Sweeney, Franklinton Development Association
Monday, Jan. 30, in AB 100 4 p.m.
The Bottoms is a famously impoverished and blighted area in which Sweeney and others are engaged in creative revitalization efforts.
Before joining Franklinton Development Association as executive director in 2002, Sweeney was a land-use planner and worked as a policy and planning consultant. In his 14 years at Franklinton, he has led the effort to revitalize Franklinton through creation of over 150 affordable housing units (including the first new house in 80 years), various community building activities including founding the Franklinton Arts District, and aggressive neighborhood advocacy on all levels. He built consensus around the revitalization of East Franklinton as an arts destination, an initiative which gained support of city hall and has now begun the path to reality. In 2016 he moved on from the FDA to provide consultancy for other neighborhoods also attempting creative revitalization. He still lives in Franklinton and remains active with the Franklinton Arts District and other initiatives there.
The lecture is sponsored by the Department of Urban Planning.