One of the most significant aspects of the program is the relationship URBANbuild has with the community. Every January, a new group of students arrives in Central City to be welcomed by neighbors who have watched the construction of prior URBANbuild projects and who look forward to seeing what a new year of students has designed and will bring to the neighborhood.
URBANbuild has worked to transform one neighborhood in particular—in the first twelve years of the program, ten projects have been sited throughout the Central City neighborhood of New Orleans. Introducing new, progressive, well-made projects into the blighted historic fabric of a struggling neighborhood helps community members to see progress and increase their sense of pride. Neighbors are eager to interact with the students, and keep eyes on the job site to ensure its taken care of.