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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...

Lighter, Quicker, Cheaper: Start with the Petunias

After almost a dozen posts, you should now be familiar with placemaking and where to target your placemaking efforts.    The next thing to decide is what you want your space to become.   What would make the best type of...
September 18, 2014

Bring Life to Vacant Spaces

If you’ve been keeping up with the posts to date, you’ve probably thought of at least one space in your community that would be a good candidate for Placemaking. But if you still can’t identify a space, take a...

Streets as Places

“The street is the river of life of the city, the place where we come together, the pathway to the center.”   William H. Whyte Are you are still scratching your head as to where to do a Placemaking activity...

What Makes a Place Great?

Let’s continue to look at what you can do, or perhaps should do, with a space you identified for a “do-over”.  If you haven’t already, you may want to take a look at I Found a Space. Now What?...