Plazas & Walkways Create Ideal Gathering Places for a Community

If you want to create excitement in your downtown, consider open air plazas, squares and pedestrian walkways.  These newly created public spaces could serve as major gathering places for the community and help to revitalize downtown areas. According to...

The Power of Collaboration in a Rural Town

Written by Patti Lawton, REALTOR® Real Estate Broker, Legacy Properties Sotheby’s International Realty The residents of Richmond, Maine, with a population of just over 3,000, came together last summer and fall to build a new Community Library.  Set on...
January 21, 2015

Grow Your Neighborhood with a Community Garden

Could your community benefit from having a vacant or overgrown space transformed into a vibrant, green space for everyone to gather and enjoy?  A Community garden may be just the answer. Community gardens have the potential to beautify vacant...

Bringing Parklets to Chicago

Written by Brian Bonanno, Sustainability Programs Manager Andersonville Development Corporation Andersonville, Chicago’s former Swedish enclave, is one of those unique places that can only be described as a small town in a big city.  Residents of the neighborhood can’t...
January 9, 2015

Happy Holidays

The start of a new year is a great time to think of spaces in your community that are in need of some TLC and can be transformed from a spot where no one goes to one where the...
January 5, 2015

Transform Your Street, One Parking Space at a Time

Written by By Jennifer Wieland, Public Space Program Manager, Seattle Department of Transportation Parklets. “Parks” in parking spaces. Taking away parking to create places to sit in the street. It sounds crazy, right? Who would want to sit on...
December 24, 2014

Parklets: Spots for People, not Cars

I’ve been seeing a lot of folks get excited about Placemaking but then not a lot of follow up.   This is due, in part, of not really knowing what to do. I have a suggestion that can be undertaken...

South Orange Village Center – Commitment to Vision Pays Off with a Successful Sense of Place

Written by By Jef Buehler, State Coordinator, Main Street NJ & Improvement District Programs While being what today would be considered a quintessential ‘traditional’ community, anchored in access to train transit, historic architecture of the built environment, a diverse...
December 10, 2014

Bring a Sense of Place Back to our Main Streets

Across the nation, traditional Main Streets represented one of the most iconic images of America.  There you would find a mix of housing, retail and civic uses.  The Main Street served as the social and commercial hub of communities.  But suburban development,...

Happy Thanksgiving

We’d typically be publishing today but instead, like you, we’re giving thanks, with friends and family, for all that we have and are grateful for. This may also be time to reflect upon our communities, especially those places where...
November 26, 2014