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, February 18, 2019

Here's a program every city needs to do: NYC's Municipal Arts Society's Livable Neighborhoods program

2019 Livable Neighborhoods Program!
MAS is seeking applications from community-based partners for the 2019 Livable Neighborhoods Program.

Selected groups will work with MAS staff to develop and deliver public workshops that will help educate their neighbors on planning basics, including regulations and processes that govern land use in New York City, and community advocacy tools.

Successful applicants have included community leaders of many varieties such as staff and volunteers from community-based organizations, neighborhood and block associations, and Community Boards. Please consider applying, and help spread the word to your networks!

Deadline to Apply: Friday, February 22, 2019

PPS How to Turn A Place Around workshop.  Similarly, years ago I used to suggest that the old Project for Public Spaces workshop, "How to Turn A Place Around," should be offered every year as a training exercise in DC, both to focus attention on a particular neighborhood as well as to be a training program for city employees and residents from elsewhere in the city.

I participated in an abbreviated example for the Eastern Market Metro Plaza in 2004 ("From Eastern Market Metro Plaza to Capitol Hill Town Square") as well as the full workshop in NYC.

I also have suggested the HTTPA workshop model could be used by elementary schools as a way to build stronger connections between the school and area residents, many of whom do not have children or children in the particular school.
(PPS doesn't offer this particular workshop anymore, but here is an old webpage.)

Main Street commercial district revitalization training.  The Main Street "Four Points" training is another good model to offer organizations and neighborhoods as a way to focus people's attention on developing better and more successful practice.

Charrettes, etc.  Charrettes and other design workshop models from planning, landscape architecture, cultural tourism development, and architecture function similarly.

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