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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...