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.

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Another somewhat gutsy move by a city (Aberdeen, Washington)

Aberdeen SignFlickr image by jpwashere.

While they are considering dumping the sign ("Aberdeen 'Come As You Are' sign faces removal" from, after all Kurt Cobain has been dead for quite awhile, the City of Aberdeen, Washington, birthplace of Kurt Cobain, for many years has had an entrance sign at the city with the slogan "Come as You Are," as a sly reference to the Nirvana song.

Not many cities, especially small ones, are up for promoting grunge rock institutionally.

Compare to "Prince William Should've Tapped Local Talent for Logo" from the Potomac Local about a new nowhere branding image for Prince William County, Virginia and efforts in Manassas City to better develop and coordinate their identity, image, and branding across all city agencies ("Manassas City manager proposes logo redesign" from the Richmond Times-Dispatch).

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