Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space

"A community’s physical form, rather than its land uses, is its most intrinsic and enduring characteristic." [Katz, EPA] This blog focuses on place and placemaking and all that makes it work--historic preservation, urban design, transportation, asset-based community development, arts & cultural development, commercial district revitalization, tourism & destination development, and quality of life advocacy--along with doses of civic engagement and good governance watchdogging.

Saturday, July 31, 2010

European "No Economic Recovery Without Cities" campaign

From email:

At a time when a significant number of European countries are facing severe economic problems, the civic initiative 'No Economic Recovery Without Cities', developed under the spirit of the United Nations “World Urban Campaign”, arrives as a challenge to artists, businessmen, researchers and professionals who ‘work with cities’, as well as institutions and communities, to think collectively about the significant role cities play in the social and economic development of Europe.

The first step of this ‘civic challenge’ was the creation of a
Facebook Group meant to be the “meeting point” to share innovative experiences (‘good practice’) in different aspects of urban policy/ planning under the following thematic issues: (1)Urban Space, (2) Arts & Culture, (3) Mobility, (4) Environment & Green Spaces, (5) Climate Change, (6) Ageeing.

The goal of the Group is to inspire other experiences, deepen the dialogues between diverse communities and stimulate collective learning in order to ensure that the role and dynamic nature of cities in Europe have a visible and positive impact on the social and territorial cohesion, civic empowerment and economic recovery of all European nations.

Join the Project today and send your civic contribution!

'No Economic Recovery Without Cities!' Civic Campaign

Note that this campaign may have been spurred by a U.S. initiative, New York City's Drum Major Institute's publication of a report, No Economic Recovery Without Cities: The Urgency of a New Federal Urban Policy.
Report cover: No Economic Recovery Without Cities: The Urgency of a New Federal Urban Policy

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