Public Outreach/Response

Charrettes and other public outreach efforts

Placemaking begins and ends with the people

The secret of success for urbanists is to listen more and strive to connect with the folks that we serve.

DIY Community Character Documentation Launches in Austin

In late January, Dan Parolek and John Miki traveled to Austin, TX, to kick off community character documentation. This new documentation process dubbed “Community Character in a Box” builds upon past efforts used by the city, but offers a new take on the public engagement process, in an effort of further open the channels of communication between the city government and the community. 

How to make the new populist urbanism

This isn’t an either/or situation. New Urbanism and Smart Growth can continue to shelter the top-down academic while simultaneously championing the bottom-up DIYer. Just expand the tent.

The black and white of green lanes

What cities are learning about installing bicycle lanes in minority neighborhoods

Neighborhoods First: Public engagement

Strong Towns has released a nifty report called Neighborhoods First that offers incredibly cheap and practical ideas for revitalizing Brainerd, Minnesota. These ideas can be applied anywhere. Part 3.

Support for compact growth in Cincinnati area

The Ohio Kentucky Indiana (OKI) Regional Council of Governments, which represents Greater Cincinnati, has released the findings from its 2012 "How Do We Grow From Here" survey. The results show strong public support for compact, walkable communities, UrbanCincy reports. OKI has authority over federal transportation funds in the region, and thus has substantial power in influencing future growth patterns. The organization got a larger than usual response from its survey — 2,474 responses and 1,200 commments. Large majorities responded that "It's important to have the option in my community to safely walk or bike," and "urban revitalization and redevelopment efforts are paying off," but only 38 percent said the region is growing in a sustainable way.

Public process and the perils of dismissive engagement

Understanding citizens' wants, needs and concerns, and then addressing them through responsive, reality-based design, is ultimately what the public process should be set up to do.

Municipal placemaking mistakes 04: No models for emulation

Emulation is more than just the highest form of flattery. It’s also a key factor in effective placemaking.

Municipal placemaking mistakes 03: The importance of a meaningful vision

In our last post in this series, we covered the three steps of placemaking. The first of these steps, crafting a meaningful vision, is the most straightforward, yet it is also the most underleveraged.

Municipal placemaking mistakes: Crowdsourcing solutions

Through a series of periodic posts, Nathan Norris will explore how cities hinder their own placemaking efforts, wasting time and money by investing in tools, policies and programs that deliver lousy results.

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