For the last several decades, North American cities have used growth as a primary economic engine. Increasingly less dense new growth is subsidized by the more dense core, but requires a growth rate that is not supportable in the long term.
Many cities have long been investing in art and culture, marrying it to placemaking, and generating extraordinary local transformations. Hazel Borys offers up a little inspiration from an art opening this week, and a few pointers for urbanists.
What's your elevator pitch on why placemaking matters? Here's a couple rounded up by Hazel Borys, and some numbers that help refine their message.
A short case study in Lean Urbanism, compliments of Victoria Beach, Manitoba.
What are all the elements that make people more likely to successfully come together? It's complicated, but here are a few.
What's better than a great plaza in the summer? Some compelling public art to go along with it.
Spring brings out the romance in cities. Here's a bit of inspiration from Quebéc City...and Buffalo.
A quick city planner's guide to the voluminous Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report out earlier this month.
If you need a little misery-loves-company commiseration on winter, Hazel Borys shares some pics from Winnipeg, the coldest big city on earth. How this winter city deals with the polar vortex is something we may all need to get used to.
Hazel Borys shines today's PlaceShaker spotlight on "Happy City" by Charles Montgomery. Check it out and you'll be questioning our collective priorities in no time. C'mon get happy!
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