Develop a restoration economy
Promote preservation and redevelopment rather than new development whenever possible in order to minimize destruction of natural and cultural heritage. Capitalize on underutilized and abandoned infrastructure. Revitalize places that have already been developed. Create incentives for the preservation and restoration of buildings rather than tearing them down. This could include incentives for improvements in energy efficiency; community access to services; and improvement or creation of habitat around buildings, for instance.
Developing financing tools, training, and regulations that encourage and support the growth of a retrofit workforce
I think this is a great idea. We have a city obessessed with new development. Why not offer incentives for restoring existing buildings. Also, what about the tax on absentee condo-owners the mayor circulated in 2009? Those buildings/apartments stand empty while the city is pushing for more rental stock...