Reimagining the Civic Commons

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Discovery Center pop-up event in Philadelphia; photo credit: Penn Praxis

Creating authentic connections through place

11.08.17

This was originally posted on Knight Foundation’s blog. Saturday, Knight Foundation announced $3.28 million in new support to Fairmount Park Conservancy to support a citywide civic engagement strategy that will allow residents to shape activities in Philadelphia’s public spaces.  By Patrick Morgan It’s an essential time for communities to invest in places and spaces that bring us together….

200 Plates: Community meal on Summit Lake; photo and video credit: Tim Fitzwater

200 Plates on Summit Lake

10.23.17

Last month, Akron Civic Commons put trust, collaboration and mixing across diversity into action at 200 Plates, a community meal on the shores of picturesque Summit Lake. In partnership with the League of Creative Interventionists, residents and leaders from the Summit Lake neighborhood joined Civic Commons Studio participants at a 200′ table to break bread and…

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.

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…

photo credit: Bronlynn Thurman

Civic Commons Studio #2: Inspiration from Chicago

06.27.17

By Bronlynn Thurman It’s messy and you will make mistakes. That was one of the first things that people told us at the second Civic Commons Studio in the windy city. I could visibly see sighs of relief as the group became more comfortable in the unpredictable nature of working with humans. Building relationships is…

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…

Business Leaders: Invest in Detroit’s Public Places

05.21.17

Entrepreneurs think high quality public places like parks, libraries, trails and the riverfront are some of the most important investments Detroit can make. So say the national and local leaders queried in The Kresge Foundation’s Detroit Reinvestment Index, a survey that examined the perceptions of businesspeople about Detroit. The Kresge Foundation found that eight in…

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…

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