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Change agents revitalize a block as they revitalize a home to live in: As is repeated often on this site, it often takes only one
What is crowdsourced placemaking?’ video: It’s been over four years since I posted the What is crowdsourced
Crowd-invested placemaking… the next step: What is crowd-invested placemaking and why is it the next step? This
Crowd sources revitalization of their downtown… in big way: When Renaissance Downtowns, a visionary triple-bottom-line real estate development firm that won
More evidence that walkability is financially positive: Many of us know empirically that walkable neighborhoods are positives economically, socially
Charlotte, NC builds a live music village: A transformed 1900s textile mill, Charlotte’s NC Music Factory may not be
City of Birmingham hints at crowdsourced placemaking: While we have examples of the private sector crowdsourcing places and the
Rightsizing, not downsizing, is what the next gen is about: While ‘one size fits all’ may have been the mass production model
Hilo, HI: First crowdsourced placemaking municipality: Crowdsourced placemaking had been a private sector sponsored success in Bristol, CT,
Popularise’ looks to crowdsource storefront businesses: The sons of a big-time developer in Washington DC learned enough about
Locavesting, crowdfunding local businesses on the rise: We’re reaching the tipping point where our investment and tax dollars are
Big Head’ and ‘Long Tail’ both key to placemaking: As we’re witnessing in communities from the Middle East to Wall Street,
The crowdsourced placemaking grant list: Demand sparks supply, so let’s get a list of cities that want
Pop-up placemaking and next gen urban neighborhoods: ‘Popups’ are short-term experiences that provide the freedom to experiment with projects
Revitalizing a struggling downtown: Crowdsource it… or not: With the Village of Hempstead, Long Island, New York, when a development
What is triple-bottom-line real estate development?: Many of us know that the triple bottom line means “people, planet
New “Crowdsourcing for Idiots” book features town: There’s a plethora of books on crowdsourcing out there, but only one
Creating nature with an urban village in Seattle: This is apparently Seattle’s first transit-oriented development (TOD). If it gets better
Universities finally building urban villages… on campus: Most students at university campuses either don’t need to drive, don’t need
Gems of innovation in Fast Cities 2011: Each year Fast Company magazine introduces their pick for Fast Cities City
Crowdsourcing a ‘Better Block’ in Memphis: Inspired by the Better Block Program in Oak Cliff, Dallas, Texas that
Bristol crowdsources piazza into downtown plan: People often ask, “How does crowdsourced placemaking work in the real world?”
When coworking meets serious (and fun) economic development: When a 20,000 s.f. coworking space receives a $200,000 grant from New
Sizing down next gen urban grocery stores 2011: We know cities are cool again, and as a result supermarkets now
How should local and national retailers mix?: It’s one of the most commonly asked questions regarding downtowns, “What should
Defining a ‘piazza’, and why it’s not a ‘plaza: Why is it even important? The words plaza, place and piazza have
What emerging generations really want: A piazza: As the 1600+ entries in this blog provide evidence for, emerging generations
“Daytime nightclub” for foodies: Modern food halls: When you hear the term “food court”, most of us automatically think,
Citysumers’ define powerful new urban trend: Our longtime resource at trendwatching.com recognizes the rising trend of urban cultural
“Active Design” prioritizes health in designing cities: Because of its sheer density, it’s not surprising New York City is