Reimagining the Civic Commons

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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…

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…

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…

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: Eric Nelson

From Oak Cliff to Akron: Lessons on stigma

04.10.17

By Eric Nelson Overcoming stigma was the subject of a recent learning journey made by members of the Akron Reimagining the Civic Commons (RCC) Core Team. Members traveled to a neighborhood in Dallas named Oak Cliff. History buffs may recognize the name Oak Cliff as the site where Lee Harvey Oswald, the man allegedly responsible…

Breaking Bread, Breaking Barriers at Reading Terminal Market; photo credit: Alex Styer

Breaking Bread, Breaking Barriers in the Commons

04.07.17

By Anuj Gupta When originally conceived, Breaking Bread, Breaking Barriers felt timely. The backdrop included a splintering nation, an increasingly diverse and growing city (Philadelphia), a diverse public space that sought to embrace Philadelphia’s expanding diaspora, and enormous social challenges requiring collective action at every level. The project is now vital. We are in desperate…

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…

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