Reimagining the Civic Commons

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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…

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,…

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…

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….

Fire pits at the Fourth Bluff Ice Rink

Economic mixing at the ice rink

03.23.17

By Dorchelle Spence Ice skating outdoors at the Fourth Bluff Ice Rink was a novel experience for most who visited Mississippi River Park this winter. Despite the different backgrounds of skaters and spectators, everyone typically shared three main attributes: enduring the sometimes frigid winter weather, inexperience on the ice, and a hometown pride spurred by views…

Storefront Stories; photo credit: Peter Larson, courtesy of IDEO

If you build it, will they come?

03.20.17

By Alexa Bush Our work in Detroit is situated within a community that lacks many of the quality public spaces where we envision economic mixing would occur: the park, the vibrant Main Street sidewalk, the coffee shop, the shady place to stroll. As we begin constructing some of these physical assets, we know this transformation…

Garfield Park Powerhouse; photo credit: CAIC

Making Moments

03.17.17

By Isis Ferguson On a sunny February day, members of the Chicago Arts and Industry Commons (CAIC) team and our programming colleagues from the University of Chicago’s Arts + Public Life (APL) initiative visited Garfield Park Industrial Arts, one of three assets the CAIC conveners are in the early stages of reimagining. The sites are…

Detroit's RCC team notes on next steps from Studio #1

Civic Commons Studio #1: Lessons for Detroit

03.06.17

By Ceara O’Leary A common refrain at the first Reimagining the Civic Commons (RCC) Learning Network convening was that civic commons means more than physical improvements to each city’s “assets.” Civic commons includes the assets but also extends to the programs that strengthen our neighborhoods, the collaborative process by which we develop programs and places,…

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