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.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Good ideas for cities ... in Richmond

Good ideas for Cities is "a traveling project dedicated to bringing creative residents together in an effort to make the city they love a little bit better" and is produced by Good Magazine.

My sense it's not unlike "tactical urbanism" and other creative action initiatives. (More on this later, in the context of this past weekend's event at 14th Street and Colorado Avenue NW.)

Tomorrow night is Richmond's turn, after recent events in Portland, Oregon and St. Louis. See "GOOD Ideas for Richmond" from the Richmond Times-Dispatch. The GOOD Ideas for Cities event begins at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 24. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., program begins at 6:30 p.m. Drinks and conversation will be provided.

RSVP to attend.

Virginia Historical Society
428 North Boulevard Richmond, VA 23220

From the article:

For the last month, more than 50 of Richmond’s most creative minds –ranging from graphic designers to public speakers – have worked in teams of 15-20, attempting to develop solutions to small problems within the community that will eventually lead to major city-wide change.

... those groups will convene at the Virginia Historical Society to share with the public their solutions to these assigned challenges and discuss how Richmond residents can help make the theoretical solution proposals a positive reality. The three separate challenges include hurdles currently existing within the local community. 

One group was asked to develop ideas to build upon the city’s recently announced project to make the James River Canal Walk a more profitable and exciting attraction. Another group took on the challenge of developing ways to keep the community involved with improving and volunteering at area middle schools. A third group was given the task of using the city’s two major interstates to improve the city’s first impression so that a simple passing through might result in a spontaneous visit.

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