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Webinar: How to Retain Maker and Manufacturing Industries with Creative Zoning Tools

Makers at Club Cyberia, a makerspace in Indianapolis (Credit: @ClubCyberiaIndy / Twitter)
As manufacturing space is threatened by residential, commercial, and retail uses, cities are starting to think creatively about where small-batch production can happen in a city. Learn about new or proposed zoning initiatives in Somerville, Nashville, and Indianapolis that are helping makers and manufacturers protect real estate space they currently occupy or can move to in the future. Register now... Read more

Connecting with Community: Great Places 2020

Englewood Village in Indianapolis (Credit: Great Places 2020)
People, vision, hard work: that’s what it takes to create vibrant neighborhoods, according to an Indianapolis cafe owner working to be a catalyst for change as part of Great Places 2020. This program focuses on fueling healthy livable places, where there are thriving businesses and good jobs, growing populations and strong educational options. Great Places 2020 energizes neighborhoods in part because it enables residents to come together and participate in the growth of their community. Read more... Read more

Hard-Pressed Rust Belt Cities Go Green to Aid Urban Revival

A community farm in Detroit, which has been a leader in green urban renewal (Michigan Municipal League/Flickr)
​ Gary, Indiana, is joining Detroit and other fading U.S. industrial centers in an effort to turn abandoned neighborhoods and factory sites into gardens, parks, and forests. In addition to the environmental benefits, these greening initiatives may help catalyze an economic recovery. Read more... Read more

Five New Cities to Receive Southwest Airlines Heart of the Community Grant

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​In partnership with the Project for Public Spaces, each year Southwest Airlines brings placemaking to the cities they serve through this innovative grant program, which highlights the importance of place and encourages communities to take an active part in creating and transforming the public spaces that they love. Selected from a highly competitive pool of over 90 applicants from 60 cities, 2016’s five grant recipients are Atlanta, Philadelphia, Minneapolis, Indianapolis and Los Angeles. Read more... Read more

Program Aims to Revitalize Gary Downtown

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​Gary, Indiana, is receiving a much needed jolt to its downtown, as it was chosen to be a pilot demonstration site for the National Main Street Center’s refreshed approach to revitalizing communities and preservation-based economic development. Gary and six other U.S. cities will receive 18 months of hands-on technical assistance from national experts. The program is funded by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Knight Foundation, and Gary will receive local assistance from the Legacy Foundation. Read more... Read more

In Gary, Abandoned Lots Become Green Rain Gardens

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Gary, IN, city officials recently gathered with nonprofit and federal partners to officially open a rain garden on a formerly abandoned lot. The garden is part of the Vacant to Vibrant initiative in which Gary’s environmental leaders are using grant funds, in partnership with Cleveland Botanical Garden, to use vacant, abandoned lots to address stormwater management issues with rain gardens. Read more... Read more

One of America’s Most Auto-Centric Cities Ditches the Car

A new greenway alongside Indianapolis' Central Canal. Photo: Visit Indy
​Until five years ago, Indianapolis had less than one mile of bike lanes. Today, traffic lanes have been replaced by tree-lined pedestrian paths crowded with strollers, boats ply the Central Canal, bike lanes follow the curves of the White River and greenways link the farthest-flung areas of the city. It all began in 2010, when the city sold its water and sewer utility to a public trust, reaping a $500 million windfall. They used the money to make the city... Read more

Land Bank is Thrust of Winnecke’s Blight Program

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​Evansville, Indiana, Mayor Lloyd Winnecke’s anti-blight program includes his proposal to convert the nonprofit Evansville Brownfields Corporation into a land bank. The plan is to acquire vacant, abandoned and blighted structures, seek buyers for the salvageable structures, demolish dilapidated houses, and bank and maintain the newly empty lots. Read more... Read more
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