Reimagining the Civic Commons

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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…

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…

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.

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. …

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…

Memphis            

Saturday in the Park: Experiencing RiverPlay’s First Weekend

06.15.17

by Melody Gordon On a mild and sunny Saturday observers turned into basketball players, families became friendly competitors, and couples took out their cameras to capture it all for RiverPlay’s big debut. From the elevated viewpoint of Memphis Park, the bright colors and pop music make for an unexpected novelty for people strolling by to…

Civic Gateway; photo credit: Katelyn Freil

Where We Begin: A photo essay of Akron

05.12.17

Vision: Three civic asset areas, Civic Gateway, Park East and Summit Lake, along with the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail are reimagined and connected to bring economically diverse neighborhoods together, build civic pride and advance environmental sustainability. This is where we begin. Civic Gateway photo credit: Katelyn Freil Park East photo credit: Ron Tyson…

photo credit: Yaw Agyeman

the texture of left behind

05.08.17

By Yaw Agyeman the texture of left behind an old shoe too tight to remember forgotten by time and neglect you became a texture your skin worn and wearied ready for home somewhere. here, maybe hopefully waiting has been a chore but today a man whistled away holding stacks of cedar and pine and the…

Cenceptual mural plan for RiverPlay by Groundswell Design Group

Trust the Key Players

04.24.17

By Ryan Jones It only takes trust, strong and talented partners, extensive planning, and the determination of each organization to make the collaboration more important than any of the constant challenges and opportunities to ignore the needs of other partners. Trust is earned by people working together on common challenges – learning by doing and…

This and the other images below are stills from A Possible Philadelphia. Each depicts the Civic Commons writ large in daily life across the city.
           

Civic Futures

04.13.17

By Bryan Boyer Get a group of innovative people together from a diverse set of cities and it’s almost certain that no matter how different their respective hometowns may be, they will agree on one thing: opaque bureaucracies, NIMBYism, and other forms of inertia threaten to consume optimism about the future. Perhaps this explains the…

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