On April 11-13, more than three hundred Placemakers from all walks of life gathered in Detroit, Michigan, for the inaugural meeting of the Placemaking Leadership Council. Today, on the eve of Earth Day, PPS President Fred Kent recalls his experience with the environmental movement’s first big Earth Day celebration, and looks at the role that the Council began to define for itself in building awareness of the transformative power of place. “I believe,” he writes, “that we are at a moment when the Placemaking movement is ready for its Earth Day.
Put hundreds of Placemakers together for two and a half days, and you’re bound to walk away buzzing with new insight. We’ve attempted to distill a bit of that excitement & wisdom here for everyone who couldn’t make it to Detroit.
Looking for a good opportunity to get to work on becoming a Citizen Placemaker? The first Neighborday, organized by GOOD magazine, is just around the corner! Get involved and get to know the people who make up your community.
This special guest post by Dr. Katherine Loflin breaks down 9 of the key takeaways from Knight Foundation’s Soul study, explaining how the data gathered makes the case for great places as economic drivers.
PPS’s Brendan Crain reviews a new book by Julie Campoli (Visualizing Density), that beautifully illustrates why it’s not physical density itself, but the richness of place that influences peoples’ decisions on whether to walk.
And some Placemaking highlights from around the ‘web: