Placemaking in Economic Development

Placemaking is an opportunity to distribute decision-making power about how the public realm represents the community and local economy.

STICKY placemaking

“Flânage Obligatoire.” Montreal, Canada (Image source)

SHIFTING placemaking

A “traffic garden” in Seattle helps children learn to navigate traffic safety. (Image source)

ENGAGING placemaking

The St. Louis Map Room: a community space for exploring and creating original, interpretive maps of the city.

BUSSINESS-Y placemaking

Minimal fit-out could bring shelf-stable products from a local supplier to vacant space. (Image source)

MITIGATING placemaking

Springboard for the Arts worked with artists and businesses to mitigate impact of constriction. More here.

Other functions worth exploring include:

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Working with neighborhoods to grow resilient downtowns and main streets. Strategy and Innovation Officer at MassDevelopment. All thoughts are my own.

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