In April of 2018, New City America was hired by Downtown Dallas, Inc. to review the operations of their Security and Maintenance operations. Marco Li Mandri will spend six months reviewing and comparing their systems and operations for the maintenance and security all of Downtown Dallas, which is growing rapidly into one of the most dynamic city centers in the country. A final report will be made to the CEO of Downtown Dallas, Inc. by early this Fall.
In March of 2018, the widely-anticipated Piazza della Famiglia, in the heart of San Diego’s Little Italy, was opened to the public. A joint project between the Little Italy Association, HG Fenton, and the City of San Diego, the Piazza is a 10,000 square foot public space built on a vacated block in the center of the Little Italy business district. The Piazza will be fully opened with all stores and restaurants lining it sometime later in 2018. The Piazza has already been visited and enjoyed by thousands of residents of Little Italy, business owners and visitors alike.
In January of 2018, New City America received a contract from Los Angeles Councilman Joe Buscaino to investigate the initiation and groundwork for a new Italian Piazza and enclave in Downtown, San Pedro in Los Angeles. Councilman Buscaino is the only Italian American Councilman serving on the LA City Council and is the son of immigrants who was born and raised in San Pedro, one of the more significant fishing canneries and ports in the world. The contract is set to run through 2018 and bring together interested Italians and Italian Americans throughout LA to see if a new Little Italy can be resurrected.
In December of 2017, Marco Li Mandri had an extensive skype interview with Umberto Mucci, of “We the Italians” magazine, from Rome Italy. The nine-page interview was circulated internationally in the magazine’s online and print forums and explained New City America’s work in transforming Little Italy into a model for other cities to follow as we continue to see more districts evolve in the 21st century.
In November of 2017, Marco Li Mandri and Little Italy Association Board member, Tommy Di Zinno, launched the much-needed “Live Well Live Safe” program in Little Italy. Unlike traditional police departments or private security firms, Live Well Live Safe is an innovative program proposed for non-profit CBD/BID District Management Corporations in which the employees serve as case workers and data collection monitors, in addition to employing mitigation tactics to deal with poor behavior in the community. LWLS’s objective is to establish community rules and maintain a system of order in which all members of the community feel safe, secure, and comfortable in the community. If Live Well Live Safe works as we envision, it will be documented and used as a model throughout the state of California.
In November of 2017, the Little Italy Association, a district managed by New City America, unveiled its new “Piazza Pescatore”. The Piazza is dedicated to the fishing families that made Little Italy the tuna capital of the world until the 1970s and was funded by Bumblebee Tuna, many local Italian and Portuguese fishing families, and the Little Italy Association. This dedication marked the third Piazza in San Diego’s Little Italy.
On July 17th, 2017, a featured article by Marco Li Mandri was carried in Entrepreneur Magazine Online and profiled 6 Reasons Why CBDs Can Greatly Improve a Business District and Mixed Use Community. The article has already received an international response with interested property owners seeking how such a program can be established in their county.
New City America successfully completed its 78th Community Benefit District (BID), this time in the Uptown Whittier District of Whittier CA, just south of Los Angeles. On Tuesday July 25th, 2017, property owners voted by a margin of 3 to 1 to support the establishment of the district. Whittier is a charming city with one of the few traditional main streets still operating in LA County.
New City America has been awarded a new contract to investigate and form a new Community Benefit District in Downtown Santa Rosa CA. Santa Rosa is a historic city in Sonoma County known as “wine country” in upstate California. The Downtown Santa Rosa property owners have demonstrated a commitment to take their town center to the next level of self-management in cooperation with the the City.
New City America was awarded a contract to investigate a new Financial District CBD in the historic banking district of San Francisco. The Financial District includes some of the oldest, historic and architecturally significant buildings in the blocks north of Market Street in the City. This CBD investigation extended through the end of the summer of 2017 and the determination was made to… (OUTCOME)
Marco Li Mandri, President of New City America, was featured as a speaker on a panel held by Smart Growth Massachusetts in Worcester, MA on May 18th, 2017. The panel was “Advanced Placemaking in your town”, and featured Marco, and representatives from Beverly and Brockton MA.