Reimagining the Civic Commons

Tag: Environmental sustainability
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…

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…

Akron's Civic Commons team at Studio #1; photo credit: Meredith Edlow

Civic Commons Studio #1: Opportunities for Akron

03.15.17

By Daniel M. Rice The first Reimagining the Civic Commons Studio in Philadelphia was an incredibly inspiring experience as we engaged in stimulating conversations, networked with national thought leaders and returned to Akron motivated and ready to take on the challenges and opportunities of our Akron Civic Commons. One of the highlights of the Civic…

Memphis team at Studio #1; photo credit: Meredith Edlow

Civic Commons Studio #1: Lessons for Memphis

03.09.17

By Ryan Jones There’s enough work in Reimagining the Civic Commons to keep each of the five cities occupied on a daily basis, with their heads down and constantly plowing ahead, deep in their respective agendas and ideas. Everyone is focused on keeping their momentum going while staying innovative and fresh. Twice a year however,…

A rendering of Detroit's civic commons project.

Can a New Town Square Bridge the Electoral Divide?

02.27.17

The original version of this post first appeared on The Hill. By Carol Coletta America has become a politically divided and fractured country. That’s especially clear now, after the Presidential election, but the divisions were apparent long before. In 2015, the Pew Research Center found that Americans were growing ever more ideologically polarized. In October…

Stony Island Arts Bank
photo credit: Rebuild Foundation

And then? Sustainability Through Arts + Culture

02.24.17

By Theaster Gates There was a building that used to matter. Soaring above its neighbors, the monumental granite and terra cotta structure represented so much more than the commercial activity within its walls. In its vibrant heyday, it was a radical symbol of self-determination for a people historically disenfranchised. The building was theirs, a space…

Akron civic commons
photo credit: Katelyn Freil

Ready to write the next chapter

02.23.17

By Daniel M. Rice In a Midwestern, midsized city, one tends to get stuck in the middle, the space between. Not urban, but certainly not rural. Not a big city, but definitely not a small town. Not cutting edge, but not backwards. So often defined by what we are not, we tend to forget to…

Philadelphia civic commons

Can parks save Philadelphia?

02.21.17

By Kathryn Ott Lovell Recently, Philadelphia Magazine’s ThinkFest asked me to consider, “Are Parks the Key to Philly’s Future?” I spoke of Rebuild, a new initiative that will shape Philly for generations by investing $500 million in the city’s neighborhoods to revitalize parks, recreation centers, playgrounds and libraries. Rebuild gives us a chance to use…

The original heart of Memphis

02.17.17

By Maria Fuhrmann Memphis began at the river, with the flow of goods, trade, and commodities. If it came up the river and into the city, it first went through the area now known as the Fourth Bluff. Nearly two hundred years later we’re bringing a new lens to the role that this part of…

photo credit: Alexa Bush

A 21st Century Vision for Detroit

02.15.17

By Alexa Bush In the last decade, the story of Detroit has transformed from one focused on decline to one about a resurgence. While much of the press on Detroit’s comeback has been around its Greater Downtown, that’s only part of it. Our work with Reimagining the Civic Commons, focused in a neighborhood, is one…

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