CITY MAKING

GATHERING THE INGREDIENTS TO BUILD A GREAT CITY

Cities are the purest example of democracy.

 

Frank Architects is committed to the empowerment of citizens to make our communities better, one city making project at a time.

Cities are the purest example of democracy.

 

Frank Architects is committed to the empowerment of citizens to make our communities better, one city making project at a time.

THE ORGANIZED EFFORTS OF ENGAGED CITIZENS

BRING CITIES TO LIFE

"IF THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS IS AN UNALIENABLE RIGHT,

THEN ACCESS TO A HAPPY LIFE IS THE MAIN PURPOSE OF CITIES"

Viviana Frank

BIKE Laredo | ESTABLISHED MAY 2017

WORKING WITH CITY OF LAREDO HEALTH DEPARTMENT

 

BIKE Laredo exists to educate, promote, and advocate for a complete transportation system (complete the streets) that considers the needs and desires of all cyclists. Our priority is to provide safe mobility options for all Laredoans, not only those who are able to afford a car. Frank Architects is a proud member and co-founder of BIKE Laredo together with the City of Laredo Health Department.

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Council votes to create and fund Laredo Center for Urban Agriculture and Sustainability.

April 2, 2018

URBAN AGRICULTURE CITIZEN COMMITTEE  | FEBRUARY 2017

 

WORKING WITH CITY OF LAREDO AND LOCAL FOOD SUSTAINABILITY ADVOCATES

 

In efforts to challenge Laredo's food desert status, urban agriculture advocates came together with the purpose of providing food options for Laredoans.

 

The Frank Architects team, together with City staff and local food sustainability advocates, pushed for local food sustainability policies. The City of Laredo was able to pass the first Urban Agriculture Ordinance, facilitating the process for Laredoans to cultivate their own produce. Along with District III Council member Alex Perez, advocates for community supported agriculture will be able to house a pilot sustainability center at the Canseco House that will look into water and soil conservation, inner-city land management, and local food sustainability.

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WHAT WORKS CITIES | OCTOBER 2016

 

WORKED WITH CITY OF LAREDO AND PROJECT LAREDAISSANCE

 

"If you can't measure it, you can't manage it."

These are the words of What Works Cities.

 

An initiative of Bloomberg Philanthropies, What Works Cities works with local municipalities to increase and improve the use of data in order to have evidence-driven policies and allow for informed decision-making by elected officials and their constituents. 

 

The Frank Architects team, along with the millennials of Project Laredaissance, was able to bring this initiative to the City of Laredo. After a lengthy and competitive application  process, Laredo was selected as the 67th What Works City and the only city along the US-Mexico border.

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ITURBIDE "IT" STREET INCENTIVES | AUGUST 2016

 

WORKED WITH CITY OF LAREDO AND PROJECT LAREDAISSANCE

 

Created as part of the City of Laredo Arts and Entertainment District, the Iturbide "It" Street incentives package attracts restaurant and quality of life businesses to Laredo's historic downtown. 

By working with Project Laredaissance and numerous building owners in downtown Laredo,the team developed incentive packages that included tax abatement and assistance for businesses to apply for façade improvement grants to aid in the revitalization of Iturbide Street. The investment and commitment to economic development has created a spark in downtown revitalization.

ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT DISTRICT | EST. 2011

WORKED WITH LAREDO MAIN STREET AND WEBB COUNTY HERITAGE FOUNDATION

 

Frank Architects worked with Laredo Main Street and Webb County Heritage Foundation to section out an area for resutarants, bars, galleries and allowing for second-floor housing by use.

 

By doing this, businesses in this district can apply for façade improvement grants and beautify deteriorated buildings with historic significance.

EL CENTRO DE LAREDO FARMERS' MARKET | EST. 2010

 

 WORKED WITH LAREDO MAIN STREET  

 

Frank Architects worked with Laredo Main Street to establish Laredo’s first certified farmer’s market. The City established a policy and program to help maintain and fund the market.

 

The market has given the downtown district, considered a food desert, an avenue to obtain fresh, locally-grown produce and contribute to the local economy thorough green community practices.

DESIGNATION OF BARRIO AZTECA AS A NATIONAL REGISTER HISTORIC DISTRICT | 2003

 

 WORKED WITH THE AZTECA ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND PRESERVATION CORPORATION 

 

With the ever-growing ubiquity of the car and the aggressive push for highways in the 1960s, Laredo’s 19th-century neighborhoods suffered from years of decay and neglect. One of the most prominent neighborhoods became Barrio Azteca. The neighborhood is located on a high bluff overlooking the Rio Grande which designates its southern and international boundary between the United States and Mexico. By the turn of the 21st century, however, Barrio El Azteca had suffered from threats of demolition and years of urban neglect.

 

Frank Architects worked closely with Rafael Torres, Executive Director of the Azteca Economic Development and Preservation Corporation, a non-profit that aims to protect and elevate this historic place, as well as preservation historian Terri Myers to identify the boundaries that would protect and preserve Barrio Azteca’s historic fabric. In 2003, it became one of only two nationally recognized districts in Laredo. Today, it has retained much of its historic fabric maintaining a sufficient concentration of historic properties, most of which are extraordinary rare examples of domestic and commercial vernacular architecture found only in the borderlands region of South Texas.

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