Communities Engagement Archive

Reactivating Vacant Properties

I know you have them in your community.   They’re the spots where you say I wish they would do something there.  You know, those vacant, overgrown lots that are not only eyesores but serve as places to dispose of...

Could Southwest Airlines Help Your Community?

Southwest Airlines Heart of the Community program was developed to support and activate public spaces in the heart of cities. Launched in April 2014, the program aims to support Placemaking – a movement that reimagines public spaces as the...

Just Add Water

As you may have read in Focus on the Water, water attracts people.  People love to touch it.  They like to stick their hands, toes and feet in it.   They jump around it.  Or they simply like to watch...

Focus on the Water!

Waterfronts and waterways are one of a community’s greatest assets.  Water draws people in.   Where there is water, there are people.   People gather around water to relax, play and enjoy. Water builds on a community’s authentic historical, cultural and...

Transform an Unused Railroad Corridor into a Lively Trail

Many towns have abandoned former railroad corridors that now are unused and unwelcoming parcels of land in a community.   These corridors are great opportunities to create a destination and transform that corridor into vibrant public places.  Ideal for many...

Meet Me at The Plaza: New Seats, New Scene at Harvard University

Re-post from Project for Public Spaces Blog on Mar 18, 2015 It all started with the chairs. By simply placing some movable furniture in Harvard Yard in 2009, the University took the first steps in what would eventually become...

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...

19 Things to do with a Roofless Building

Written by Becky McCray, Small Biz Survival A news story from Garland, Texas, got me thinking about what you can do with a roofless building. We came up with a lot of ideas for empty buildings, so I knew...

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...