Over the years, most of Keene’s focus for redevelopment and planning has been on the downtown, available industrial lands and large-scale retail development. Neighborhoods have not received the same level of assessment or action. For this reason, now is the time to assess and plan for the community’s neighborhoods, as conversations on economic vitality and quality of life turn more frequently to issues of maintenance and quality of homes, provision of infrastructure, and availability of a safe, durable and diverse housing stock. While many people see and experience the community mainly through its downtown, our neighborhoods are the foundation for present-day Keene as well as for the Keene of the future.
Our neighborhoods – whether urban, suburban, or rural – provide a variety of opportunities. These include diversity in age, housing choice, income levels, lifestyles, economic opportunities, and transportation connections. There are even opportunities for preservation of culture and heritage in each of these neighborhood areas.