Step 9: Negotiations
Step 9 is Negotiations. Negotiations work best “when [they’re] community-driven and reflective of an honest assessment of what that project means for the local people and what they themselves would like to see occur at that site,” reports Chersesse Thymes, Executive Director of the Partnership for Working Families. Coalitions should enter negotiations knowing which issues they plan to fight for and where they will make concessions, and be prepared with alternatives and “creative solutions” to counteract objections the developer or the city might have.