Tag Archives: Placemaking

Placemaking: What If We Built Our Cities Around Places?

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Placemaking inspires people to collectively reimagine and reinvent public spaces as the heart of every community. Strengthening the connection between people and the places they share, Placemaking is a collaborative process by which we can shape our public realm to maximize shared value. Placemaking facilitates creative patterns of use, paying particular attention to the physical, cultural, and social identities that define a place and support its ongoing evolution. Learn more about Placemaking and how it can help transform public spaces in... Read more

Would You Eat In A Downtown Phoenix Alley? New Program Could Bring Dining, Artwork

Alleys like this one in Phoenix will be activated to invite pedestrians, bicyclists, and shoppers to relax and socialize (Source: phxtaco.com)
Phoenix launched a one-year pilot program to allow “alley activation.” It involves converting all or part of an alley into a clean, safe, more inviting space. The program will include two types of activation: minor, which includes things like murals, potted plants and temporary seating, and medium, which allows more elements, including private and public gathering areas, temporary fencing along vacant lots, banners, shade screens, food and non-alcoholic beverage service. Read more... Read more

Heart of the Community Grant Program

Southwest Airlines and PPS worked with the City of San Antonio’s Center City Development & Operations Department to activate historic Travis Park, located in the heart of downtown San Antonio. (Credit: The Rivard Report)
Heart of the Community is a signature outreach program of Southwest Airlines with a mission to build connections that bring people together and strengthen communities for a more resilient future. Launched in 2014 with lead partner, Project for Public Spaces, Heart of the Community grants provide financial and technical assistance to local community partners who seek to bring new life to their public spaces. Applications due December 5. Learn more and apply... Read more

Placemaking is Economic Development

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After years of economic decline, Michigan’s cities needed rebuilding, but officials knew they had to take a new approach if they wanted their communities to be economically sustainable. Recognizing the potential of placemaking to attract and retain talented workers and businesses, Michigan is using strategic placemaking (combining the tools of smart growth and new urbanism) to target places and accelerate revitalization. In this webinar, experts Jim Tischler and Mark Wyckoff explained how strategic placemaking and broad stakeholder participation is improving... Read more

Growing Value through Creative Placemaking

A view of Monroe Street Market from the Metro station in Washington, DC (Credit: The Bozzuto Group)
Creative placemaking, led by arts and cultural considerations, helps shape not only the physical character of a place, but also its social character. Creative placemaking, done well, can deliver high value to its stakeholders, including the community, developers, and public and private partners, as evident in three very different real estate developments: a transit-oriented, mixed-use development project in Washington, D.C.; the redevelopment of a blighted building in San Francisco; and a neighborhood revitalization effort in Macon, Georgia. Read more... Read more

Rail~Volution Conference

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Rail~Volution is the place to engage in discussions with change makers and influencers, share ideas and breakthroughs, frustrations and inspiration, about building livable communities with transit. Join the conference to connect and expand your network with leaders in the public transportation, transit-oriented development, placemaking and community development fields.October 9 – 12 in San Francisco, California. Learn more and register... Read more

Webinar: Placemaking is Economic Development

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After years of economic decline, Michigan’s cities needed rebuilding, but officials knew they had to take a new approach if they wanted their communities to be economically sustainable. Recognizing the potential of placemaking to attract and retain talented workers and businesses, Michigan is using strategic placemaking (combining the tools of smart growth and new urbanism) to target places and accelerate revitalization. In this webinar, experts will explain how strategic placemaking and broad stakeholder participation is improving the quality and amount... Read more

Webinar: Integrating Art, Culture and Imagination into Walkability

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This webinar will re-image various street fixtures and places together, and share examples on how underutilized or abandoned streets and spaces have been transformed into interactive parklets, Open Street events and pop-up events by incorporating the element of human interaction. Presenters will show you how adding music can change the way people respond to subway stairs, and many more examples of how adding “fun” to the streetscape can modify people’s behavior and encourage them to be more active. Register now... Read more
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