Reimagining the Civic Commons

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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…

The First Moves Towards the Commons

06.02.17

Last week, teams from the five Reimagining the Civic Commons cities convened in Chicago for Civic Commons Studio #2, which focused on “The First Moves.” This time, Chicago played host to an energetic gathering of dozens of demonstration team members, funders, policy experts, design and engagement professionals, storytellers and a few provocateurs. This studio included…

Philadelphia: Community Engagement 2.0

05.19.17

Reimagining the Civic Commons began in Philadelphia in 2015, as an investment by Knight Foundation and William Penn Foundation in five civic assets and an effort to foster civic engagement, connection between people of different backgrounds and better communities. This work spurred an even bigger investment in neighborhood parks, libraries, recreation centers, playgrounds and other…

photo credit: Alexa Bush

Spring Forward on Six Mile

05.15.17

By Alexa Bush Six Mile (also known as McNichols Road) is anchored by key businesses, including the Metro Detroit Barber College, Lucki’s Cheesecakes and the soon-to-be-grand-opening of coffee shop Detroit Sip. However, the environment of the street presents significant challenges to vibrant activity: it lacks street trees and seating, the sidewalks need repairs, many vacant…

RiverPlay is a pop-up park along the Mississippi River in Memphis. Groundswell Design

RiverPlay Launches in Memphis

05.05.17

The launch of RiverPlay today marks the opening of a new place for Memphians to recreate, rest, eat, and most importantly, interact and engage with each other. Situated on a busy four-lane road that separates two rarely-visited public parks on Memphis’ Fourth Bluff, RiverPlay is as an example of how to activate urban spaces to…

photo credit: Detroit Civic Commons

From Fitzgerald to Oak Cliff

05.02.17

By Stephanie Harbin How our communities deal with vacant lots, abandoned properties, economic growth, social decline, some level of poverty were just some of the things we found in common with others on the civic commons learning journey to Oak Cliff in Dallas, led by Better Block. It is always good to find new partners in…

Civic Commons Learning Journey: Dallas; photo credit: Can Turkyilmaz

Learning and Line Dancing in Dallas

04.21.17

By Jamie Gauthier In March 2017, I had the wonderful opportunity to travel to Dallas with three of my colleagues, for the first Reimagining the Civic Commons Learning Journey. Along for the journey, were me, Director of Public Partnerships at the Fairmount Park Conservancy, Erin Engelstad, the Fairmount Park Conservancy’s Park Stewardship Manager, Meg Wise,…

Civic Commons Studio #1; photo credit: Meredith Edlow

Insights and provocations from Studio #1

04.05.17

By Bridget Marquis Six months into Reimagining the Civic Commons is a time to pause and reflect on what we have learned thus far. Sharing takeaways from Civic Commons Studio #1 seems a good place to start. Civic Commons Studio #1 was staged in Philadelphia last fall. Co-hosted by Fairmount Park Conservancy, the studio offered…

photo credit: Danny Fulgencio

Overcoming Stigma: One Event at a Time

03.31.17

By Jason Roberts Sitting on a patio in my neighborhood and drinking a cup of coffee under a shade tree while residents stroll by feels so natural, but this would have been a strange sight 10 years ago. My neighborhood of Oak Cliff, just Southwest of downtown Dallas, has been stigmatized as the bad part…

Civic Commons Learning Journey: Dallas; photo credit: Can Turkyilmaz

Oak Cliff Inspiration

03.27.17

By Bridget Marquis Earlier this month the Civic Commons Learning Network held its first learning journey to Dallas. With Jason Roberts and Krista Nightengale of Better Block Foundation as our co-hosts, we explored the neighborhood of Oak Cliff, its changing narrative and the tactics and strategies being employed to foster neighborhood pride and encourage civic actions….

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