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Darnetta Banks, Rip Rapson, Mayor Duggan and Antoine Garibaldi break ground together; photo credit: City of Detroit

Breaking ground on revitalization

10.19.17

Earlier this week marked a significant moment in the civic commons effort in Detroit as work commenced on two new civic assets that will support neighborhood revitalization in Livernois-McNichols. Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, Kresge Foundation President Rip Rapson, University of Detroit Mercy President Antoine Garibaldi and Prairie Street Block Club President Darnetta Banks gathered on Tuesday, October 17 in the Fitzgerald neighborhood with residents and partners…

Weekly free yoga class at the Fourth Bluff; photo credit: Andrea Morales

Go Fourth

10.12.17

The ethos of the Fourth Bluff in Memphis is captured in a new short video. The Fourth Bluff is place for all Memphians. It is about breaking down barriers, not building them. Through the Fourth Bluff people from all walks of life can explore, play and connect. Go Fourth.

Mitch Silver at Civic Commons Studio #3 in Akron; photo credit: Tim Fitzwater
           

The Department of Fun, Health and Happiness: how NYC is reimagining public places for people

10.09.17

Last week in Akron, project team members from the five Reimagining the Civic Commons cities gathered for a third time to share the learning and challenges of their work. The second day of “Civic Commons Studio #3” was kicked off by visionary New York City Parks Commissioner Mitch Silver, who runs what he calls the…

   

Creating human connections in the commons

09.29.17

The civic commons project in Akron, Ohio is comprised of three distinct places: the city’s downtown, the Park East neighborhood and Summit Lake. All are connected from north to south by the Ohio Erie Canal Towpath Trail, which follows the historic route of the Ohio & Erie Canal. The civic commons work in Akron is…

Art on the Dequindre Cut; photo credit: Hanae Mason

Moving On: Reflections on a learning journey to Detroit

09.13.17

By Hanae Mason Since my childhood, I have spent significant time in and around Detroit. I attended kindergarten in Beverly Hills, one of the city’s 100+ suburbs. Over the years, my father has moved amongst these various suburbs and the city proper, in which he has been settled for the last several years in the…

photo credit: Spackman Mossop Michaels

Award-winning design for Fitzgerald

09.08.17

The American Society of Landscape Architects bestowed a 2017 ASLA Professional Award upon Detroit’s Fitzgerald Revitalization Project. Recognition of the work by a large collaboration of partners to reimagine a neighborhood-level civic commons, and support a community where everyone has a stake and everyone belongs.

Civic Commons Studio #2; photo credit: Brandon Fields

A Studio in Chicago: Experiencing culture-led neighborhood revitalization

09.07.17

By Daniel M. Rice Civic Commons Studio #2 in Chicago showcased the successful work of the Stony Island Arts Bank and how Rebuild Foundation, Place Lab and Theaster Gates are facilitating neighborhood revitalization through community relationships and cultural programming. From the cultural arts and literary collections at the Stony Island Arts Bank to the revitalization…

Schloss Leopoldskron, Salzburg, Austria

Nature-Rich Cities: Salzburg to Philadelphia

08.18.17

By Jennifer Mahar Several months ago I had the great honor of representing the Fairmount Park Conservancy at the 574th session of the Salzburg Global Seminar. Founded in 1947, in the wake of the structural and intellectual destruction of Europe, the Seminar’s mission has been to challenge present and future leaders to solve issues of global…

Philadelphia's Azalea Garden

Greater & Greener

08.10.17

By Carol Coletta Was it a parks conference?  A health conference?  A water conference?  A sustainability conference?  A conference on neighborhood revitalization?  An economic development conference? Try all of the above. The Greater & Greener Conference sponsored by City Parks Alliance covered all of these topics and more at its biannual convening in St. Paul. …

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Sparking Civic Engagement in the Civic Commons

07.27.17

By Alexa Bush and Kate Catherall Increasing civic engagement is a core principle of Reimagining the Civic Commons. It can be seen in more vibrant public life, increased levels of trust, and in advocacy and stewardship of civic commons sites. Civic engagement is not only a desired outcome of the work, but also a critical…

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