By Hollie Russon Gilman, Darshan Goux and Elizabeth Youngling

First published in The Hill in November 2021.

With a once-in-a-generation investment in infrastructure just passed by Congress and awaiting the president’s signature, we have a unique opportunity to ensure these dollars are spent in a participatory and inclusive capacity, bringing…

A robust, nature-rich and welcoming public realm of parks, streetscapes and civic facilities has an array of social benefits for disadvantaged communities.

By George Abbott and Alexa Bush

Over the past year, Civic Commons’ cross-sector working group, Place Driving Equity and Prosperity, wrote Place Driving Equity: An evidence-based action guide on the role of public space for shared prosperity. …

How Macon is ensuring a plan for a more robust civic commons doesn’t just sit on a shelf

Macon is a city of over 150,000 residents that lies directly in the heart of Georgia, serving as the heart of commerce and culture in the central part of the state. Despite its small size, it is an example of how an innovative, strategic, and community-led approach to the public…

Approaches to public space for more engaged, connected and sustainable cities

Reimagining the Civic Commons believes that strategic investment in and innovative management of public space can connect people to nature and to one another, so that our shared civic commons can be a platform for collaboration and civic action so vital today for tackling complex challenges like climate change. …

3 key insights for cities seeking an equitable recovery

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in the spring of 2020, cities across the nation have been grappling with balancing public health, their local economies and how quarantine has diminished public life. As communities learn to new ways to cope with COVID over the long-term, many policymakers are looking…

A conversation with Academy Award-winning designer, Hannah Beachler

In May, Reimagining the Civic Commons held a virtual studio to connect practitioners and community leaders from around the country with each other. The goal: understand and work through the challenges and opportunities present at this unique moment in time for the…

Reimagining the Civic Commons

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