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How to Paint a 'Love Letter' to a City

How to Paint a 'Love Letter' to a City | Placemaking | Scoop.it
Stephen Powers and ICY Signs resuscitate the art of sign-painting—along with the morale of those in Baltimore's poorest neighborhoods.
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This is a great idea for "constructive vandalism"! Reminds me of For the Love of Cities and Peter Kageyama, at the DCI 2014 Vibrant Downtown conference in Grand Junction. 

 

Check out Better Block's Jason Roberts at the Governors Awards for Downtown Excellence on October 9 in Durango.

 

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To Better Understand Segregation, Look at Social Networks – Next City

To Better Understand Segregation, Look at Social Networks – Next City | Placemaking | Scoop.it
The classic understanding of segregation only tells some of the story.
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"This matters, say the researchers, because it means that even if you could wave a wand and eliminate those three original factors — economics, preferences, and discrimination — segregation would live on. Most policies to promote integration have taken aim at one of those three. But take discrimination, for example. It leaves a legacy that’s larger than a single act of prejudice. The Fair Housing Act may have made overt discrimination illegal, but one black family denied by one white landlord may tell friends and family, and their experience will ripple out into the community."
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The High Cost of Free Parking

The High Cost of Free Parking | Placemaking | Scoop.it
Hidden parking rules hurt our cities. Will Chilton and Paul Mackie of Mobility Lab explain.
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Eyes on the Street: The 14th Street Bike Lane Is Immediately Denver’s Best

Eyes on the Street: The 14th Street Bike Lane Is Immediately Denver’s Best | Placemaking | Scoop.it
Connecting people to information about how to improve walking, biking, and transit
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Innovation Districts

Innovation Districts | Placemaking | Scoop.it
As part of the Bass Initiative, Brookings continues its work on innovation districts, dense enclaves that merge the innovation and employment potential of research-oriented anchor institutions, hig…
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Why greenspace is different from a park

Why greenspace is different from a park | Placemaking | Scoop.it
Greenspace is not the same as a park. This example from Jersey City, NJ
shows you why that's the case and how to build better parks in the process.
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Activated green space is such a key to some place making projects I am working on, let's share this article helping differentiate! 
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Today's Research on Aging: How Neighborhoods Affect the Health and Well-Being of Older Americans

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Impacts of Blight Removal - Good community design and the absence of blight is shown to bolster ability to age in place. 
"Neighborhoods with more resources—parks, recreation centers, community centers, libraries—may buffer residents’ cognitive decline by creating greater opportunities for social interaction and physical activity." Join us at the DCI Vibrant Downtown Event, IN THE GAME, May 2-5, Breckenridge, as we dive into problem solving for a myriad of Colorado community challenges. #DCIVibrantDowntowns.
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Incentives and Equitable Economic Development

Many incentive programs are intended to help people in need or places left behind. Here are ways incentives can support equitable economic development goals.
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Finally a simple approach to incentives that highlights my two favorite things: People and Place!
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Equity and Inclusion: Getting Down to the Heart of Placemaking - Project for Public Spaces

Equity and Inclusion: Getting Down to the Heart of Placemaking - Project for Public Spaces | Placemaking | Scoop.it
As practitioners and citizens, how do we move forward in the creation of more equitable places? How can we ensure that the process of designing and creating these places is itself inclusive?
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As DCI prepares to unveil the 2017 Vibrant Downtown event, I am proud to say we will focus on inclusion and equity in planning for our places. 
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Empty Spaces: Real parking needs at five TODs | Smart Growth America

Empty Spaces: Real parking needs at five TODs | Smart Growth America | Placemaking | Scoop.it
Many communities choose to dedicate at least some of the land near transit stations for parking. The question is, how much?
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A very timely report considering the need for parking around TODs. Englewood, Colorado is included in the studies.
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Buildings that blend nature and city

Buildings that blend nature and city | Placemaking | Scoop.it
A skyscraper that channels the breeze ... a building that creates community around a hearth ... Jeanne Gang uses architecture to build relationships. In this engaging tour of her work, Gang invites us into buildings large and small, from a surprising local community center to a landmark Chicago skyscraper. "Through architecture, we can do much more than create buildings," she says. "We can help steady this planet we all share."
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Incorporating nature's lesson into the built environment.

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How a Place-Based Approach to Economic Development Won 2016

How a Place-Based Approach to Economic Development Won 2016 | Placemaking | Scoop.it
From Memphis to Brooklyn.
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"one clear theme is the recognition that putting more city dwellers into jobs that help them afford where they live means collaborating across sectors instead of letting government departments and organizations strive for goals in a silo"
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7 ugly urban underpasses now functioning as public parks

7 ugly urban underpasses now functioning as public parks | Placemaking | Scoop.it
How cities across the United States are transforming wasted space into community hot spots.
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Atlanta Releases First Cycling Report – Next City

Atlanta Releases First Cycling Report – Next City | Placemaking | Scoop.it
The highlight: number of bikeways has doubled since 2012.
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Walkable cities reduce blood pressure and hypertension risk, study finds | Cities | The Guardian

Walkable cities reduce blood pressure and hypertension risk, study finds | Cities | The Guardian | Placemaking | Scoop.it
Research finds significant link between the walkability of a city and the blood pressure and hypertension risk of the people who live there
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Recent work with small towns/cities trying to sustain population has led to a deeper dive into the components that link economic vitality with happiness and in many instances walkability. 

"Designing and retrofitting cities to promote active lifestyles could therefore have significant repercussions for the health of urban populations and governments’ related expenditure around the globe, said Sarkar. “Well-designed cities of today will be healthy cities of tomorrow.”
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The Movement To Make Everyone Friendlier–With Urban Design

The Movement To Make Everyone Friendlier–With Urban Design | Placemaking | Scoop.it
One couple is on a mission to transform every public bench into a mini community hub.
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6 Ways to Make a Multigenerational Vacation Fun

6 Ways to Make a Multigenerational Vacation Fun | Placemaking | Scoop.it
With a little foresight and patience, here's how you can avoid meltdowns on a big-family vacation.
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Working with Colorado Downtowns, we hear about trying to draw tourism through initiatives aimed at young families, people with dogs, etc. This article is an interesting way to consider the messaging that your downtown might provide to possible visitors from All Weather Itineraries or Ideas for Teen Independent Activities. 

What can you come up with to market your town?
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PPS Releases New Report, "The Case for Healthy Places: Improving Health through Placemaking" - Project for Public Spaces

PPS Releases New Report, "The Case for Healthy Places: Improving Health through Placemaking" - Project for Public Spaces | Placemaking | Scoop.it
PPS launches new report, "The Case for Healthy Places," offering evidence-based guidance and recommendations for creating and supporting healthy placemaking initiatives.
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Placemaking and health go hand in hand! Join our DCI IN THE GAME event as we discuss stakeholder engagement, good design, and all of the components necessary for vibrant downtowns. #DCIVibrantDowntowns, DCIINTHEGAME
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As small businesses struggle, these U.S. cities are helping entrepreneurs thrive

As small businesses struggle, these U.S. cities are helping entrepreneurs thrive | Placemaking | Scoop.it
A new report suggests new business formation has hit historic lows; here’s how four cities are trying to help new owners open doors
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Great examples of ways that cities/towns can be business friendly.
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Innovation and the City

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A brilliant collection of studies on cities finding dynamic solutions. This is a great sample to use for the IN THE GAME #DCIVibrantDowntown Challenge Solutions, workshops are designed to transform the community’s difficult challenges and problems into promising opportunities. 
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Unpleasant Design & Hostile Urban Architecture - 99% Invisible

Unpleasant Design & Hostile Urban Architecture - 99% Invisible | Placemaking | Scoop.it
Benches in parks, train stations, bus shelters and other public places are meant to offer seating, but only for a limited duration. Many elements of such seats are subtly or overtly restrictive. Arm rests, for instance, indeed provide spaces to rest arms, but they also prevent people from lying down or sitting in anything but a prescribed position. This
Katherine Correll's insight:
Great article highlighting the thought and the flaws with design meant to move people along, "Most of these goals seem noble, but the overall effect is somewhat demoralizing, and follows a potentially dangerous logic with respect to designing for public spaces. When design solutions address the symptoms of a problem (like sleeping outside in public) rather than the cause of the problem (like the myriad societal shortcomings that lead to homelessness), that problem is simply pushed down the street."
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Freeways Without Futures 2017

Freeways Without Futures 2017 | Placemaking | Scoop.it
These ten highway teardown campaigns offer a roadmap to better health, equity, opportunity, and connectivity in every neighborhood.
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As a proud board member of Congress for the New Urbanism Colorado, I am eager to share the Freeways Without Futures 2017 report. 
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How to Become a Social Impact Designer Without Going (Permanently) Broke

How to Become a Social Impact Designer Without Going (Permanently) Broke | Placemaking | Scoop.it
This 34-year-old Chicago architect is building a new kind of firm.
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At some point it seems our communities stopped looking for the root of the problem and jumped straight to the most common fix. The values of this social impact designer, "helped her emerging firm develop a design process and philosophy of practice rooted in problem identification, rather than simply problem solving." I love that she got scrappy and designed for evolution not repetition. 
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The Evolution of Radical Urbanism - urbanNext

The Evolution of Radical Urbanism - urbanNext | Placemaking | Scoop.it
urbanNext’s main goal is to generate a global network to produce content focused on rethinking architecture through the contemporary urban milieu – urbanity that is conditioned by the specificities of the information society, sustainable awareness, globalized knowledge and leisure. urbanNext is designed to establish a working structure and a multidisciplinary authorial platform for collaborations between people who have an interest in working, thinking and reflecting on design practices and their future.

Via Manu Fernandez
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Love this and must live this, "Imagining a more equitable and sustainable future involves an implicit critique of the spatial and societal conditions produced by prevailing urban logics."
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Trump's Answer To Fixing Country's Transportation Infrastructure: Use Other People's Money

Trump's Answer To Fixing Country's Transportation Infrastructure: Use Other People's Money | Placemaking | Scoop.it
President-elect Donald Trump’s solution to fixing the nation’s long-neglected infrastructure is to solely rely on public-private partnerships.
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It will be more important then ever to find ways to leverage investment in our commercial cores and main streets. 

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