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Have a Seat and Stay Awhile

“This might not strike you as an intellectual bombshell but people like to sit where there are places for them to sit.”  William H. Whyte. Whyte applied this concept to public spaces.  He found that while people don’t care...

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 spaces could serve as major gathering places for the community and help to revitalize downtown areas. According to Downtown...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Using Art to Create a Sense of Place

Can art create a more livable place and enhance a community’s quality of life? The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), among others, believes so.   NEA believes that art is an essential part of building a strong community, and...

One Block at a Time

Do you know of a neighborhood in your community that has seen better days and is now a place with vacant storefronts, empty buildings and without much life? If so, you may want to consider “Better Block.” Better Block...