Tag Archives: Vibrant Communities

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

CNU 26. Savannah Call for Proposals

​CNU is seeking session proposals for the CNU 26 Savannah Congress Program. You are invited to contribute proposals to help showcase the versatility and effectiveness of human-scaled design and excellent placemaking in building cities and towns that endure through the years, absorbing change and rising to the challenge of growth. Submissions will be accepted until September 25. Learn more and submit proposal... Read more

Are You a Millennial? Fort Myers Wants You to Move Downtown

Fort Myers officials are willing to rewrite the law books to make shopping, dining and living around downtown more attractive to millennials. Higher density around downtown means more buildings for urban housing, retail and coffee shops. The city’s goal seems simple: diversify the economy, create a walkable environment and establish a hub of activity. Then, theoretically, millennials will come. Read more... Read more

Will Cafes in Shipping Containers and a Pop-Up Park Bring Life to Desolate Omni West?

If there’s one thing not lacking in the western reaches of Miami’s desolate but very-slowly-coming-to-life Omni district, it’s vacant land. So a city agency, neighborhood activists and the Pérez Art Museum Miami are collaborating to put some of it to good use right away. Their plan: to create a pop-up park on seven acres of state-owned land. Read more... Read more

Older, Smaller, Better in Tucson: Measuring How the Character of Buildings and Blocks Influences Urban Vitality in a Southwestern City

The National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Preservation Green Lab used statistical analysis and spatial modeling to measure the impact of older, smaller fabric on the performance of Seattle, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. This report brings that methodology to a new location: Tucson, AZ. A collaboration with the city preservation office, this report shows the role that older buildings play in a strong local economy and thriving street life. Learn more... Read more

Planning for Transportation Together: Collaborating to Address Transportation and Economic Resilience

Across the nation, state agencies and regional planning and development organizations are working together and with other partners to create jobs, improve access to employment, education, and essential services, and to advance quality of life in communities and regions. This report from the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) presents case studies that demonstrate how state agencies and regional planning and development organizations are working together on deliberate interventions to produce tangible benefits that are specific to the context, are... Read more

Webinar: Placemaking is Economic Development

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

How 4 Cities Are Using Manufacturing to Build Equitable Economies

A new report called Prototyping Equity, released by the Equitable Innovation Economies Initiative (EIE), argues that supporting manufacturing can help cities solve a myriad of entrenched issues. Cities that make bolstering a “new breed of makers” an imperative can help kickstart new companies and create job in communities and neighborhoods left out of previous economic development initiatives. Read more... Read more
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