Our Town Grant Program

​The Our Town grant program supports creative placemaking projects that help to transform communities into lively, beautiful, and resilient places – achieving these community goals through strategies that incorporate arts, culture, and/or design. Applications deadline September 11. Learn more and apply... Read more

Oakland Launches Downtown Plan 2.0

Last year, Mayor Libby Schaaf of Oakland, Michigan announced that her administration would add 17,000 units of affordable and market-rate housing by 2024, and protect another existing 17,000 affordable homes. At the time, she said protecting residents from displacement was her administration’s highest priority, which has not been without bumps. Read more... Read more

When It Comes to Keeping Up Flint’s Parks, It Takes an Army

Flint adopted its updated master plan in 2013 and began holding community meetings seeking input on how residents wanted their city to grow and change, and Quincy Murphy, a local knew they could drive out the negative behavior at parks by making the community feel heard. Read more... Read more

Lehigh Students Bring Pop-Up Parklets to Bethlehem

Parklets in major cities like Philadelphia and San Francisco can run $40,000 a pop, a price tag that’s hard to swallow for business owners in smaller cities like Bethlehem. When a student in her urban planning workshop pitched the idea of parklets for South Bethlehem, they started wondering how to make the structures more affordable. Read more... Read more

“Smart” Bench Gathers Data to Help Urban Planners meet Public’s Needs

Landscape designers, who design public spaces, now have the help of the smart bench. The bench collects data from individual’s ID associated with the Wi-Fi enabled device, so that if they visit the park again it will know that they are not a new visitor. This allows the designers to know when new or returning visitors are frequenting the park and therefore can appropriately schedule public park events. Read more... Read more

Watch for Me NC: Fostering the Role of Law Enforcement in Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety

​Having safe and secure places to walk and bike is vital to encouraging active, vibrant communities. In addition to roadway design and engineering, education and enforcement are critical to creating safer streets. Many communities are looking for ways to leverage the strengths of law enforcement in plans to improve pedestrian and bicycle safety. Read more... Read more

Residents Speak out about Redevelopment of Ann Arbor’s Lower Town Site

For more than two hours, Ann Arbor planning commissioners heard from residents with a wide range of opinions about redeveloping a long-vacant downtown site. Dozens spoke out during a public hearing and several neighbors said they want to see the Lower Town property redeveloped, but they just don’t support the current plan. Read more... Read more
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