Maryland Department of Planning Participates in Park(ing) Day

​On Friday, September 15, the Maryland Department of Planning is participating in International Park(ing) Day 2017 by turning an ordinary parking spot along West Preston Street at Baltimore State Center into a one-day pocket park.... Read more

Buffalo Bayou Park and Designing a Resilient Future for Houston

​As Hurricane Harvey affected the Houston area, many of the most poignant and striking images shared on social media featured before-and-after scenes of the flooding. One of the many landmarks being used as a yardstick for the storm’s power is Buffalo Bayou, an urban park and greenspace. The park shows the challenges of resilient design within the Houston metro area, a floodplain that’s seen its population and development rapidly expand over the last decade. Read more... Read more

Apply now for the Creative Counties Placemaking Challenge!

​National Association of Counties (NACo), in partnership with Americans for the Arts, has launched the Creative Counties Placemaking Challenge to train local leaders from rural and mid-sized counties on how to advance arts-based economic and community development. Teams that submit winning applications will attend an in-person, 2 ½-day training and peer exchange workshop on March 28 – 30, 2018 in Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa. First deadline to apply is October 13. Learn more and apply... Read more

U.S. Cities Can Help to Achieve Worldwide Sustainability Goals

​If the five biggest U.S. metros were all countries, they’d be among the top 30 largest national economies in the world. The New York City metro area would be the 10th largest global economy, Los Angeles metro area would be 18th, and Chicago would be 22nd. When you take that into consideration, it starts to make sense that U.S. cities could themselves contribute a lot toward global aims like the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Read more... Read more

Ranked: Which U.S. Cities Are Happiest With Their Appearance

​Residents of the Minneapolis-St. Paul and Dallas-Fort Worth metros think highly of where they live at least, according to a new YouGov poll, in terms of city cleanliness. The same poll found respondents in New York, Los Angeles and Philadelphia don’t have as glistening of a view of their cities’ shine. Read more... Read more
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