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International Park(ing) Day finale: Activate
  • By Marisa Novara and MPC Research Assistant Jason Brown
  • Oct 11, 2013
For the past few years, Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) has been covering the evolving phenomenon of Park(ing) Day, the third Friday in September that is now celebrated globally as a day to take back the streets by temporarily claiming parking spaces as people places. Park(ing) Day is not only…
Prioritizing Culture: Bronzeville’s Approach to Commercial Development
  • By Marisa Novara and MPC Research Assistant Jason Brown
  • Oct 10, 2013
When you think commercial development, installing art may not spring immediately to mind, yet the Bronzeville Alliance and its partner organizations have made art a priority in developing the 47th Street corridor and surrounding areas. Bronzeville has been a pillar of African-American culture and…
International Park(ing) Day part three: Compete
  • By Marisa Novara and MPC Research Assistant Jason Brown
  • Oct 9, 2013
For the past few years, Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) has been covering the evolving phenomenon of Park(ing) Day, the third Friday in September that is now celebrated globally as a day to take back the streets by temporarily claiming parking spaces as people places. Park(ing) Day is not only…
International Park(ing) Day part two: Collaborate
  • By Marisa Novara and MPC Research Assistant Jason Brown
  • Oct 7, 2013
For the past few years, Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) has been covering the evolving phenomenon of Park(ing) Day, the third Friday in September that is now celebrated globally as a day to take back the streets by temporarily claiming parking spaces as people places. Park(ing) Day is not only…
International Park(ing) Day part one: Advocate
  • By Marisa Novara and MPC Research Assistant Jason Brown
  • Oct 2, 2013
For the past few years, Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) has been covering the evolving phenomenon of Park(ing) Day, the third Friday in September that is now celebrated globally as a day to take back the streets by temporarily claiming parking spaces as people places. Park(ing) Day is not only…
Activate Union Station gets the conversation rolling on creative use of space
  • By Marisa Novara and MPC Research Assistant Jason Brown
  • Sep 18, 2013
Last time on Placemaking Chicago: In a train station not too far away, A colorful amoeba and a spot to play… The last week of August brought a couple of exciting firsts to Chicago’s Union Station, as the winners of the Metropolitan Planning Council’s 2013 Placemaking Contest…
Get to Know the Folks who Activated Union Station
  • By Marisa Novara and MPC Research Assistant Jason Brown
  • Sep 4, 2013
Activate Union Station, MPC's 2013 Placemaking Contest that ran Aug. 24 through Sept. 2 at Chicago's Union Station, proved an exciting and engaging event for everyone who passed through—and paused—to stop and enjoy it. Here, we hear from the forces behind the two projects, Blah Blah…
Crowd-sourced funding for crowd-sourced places
What do Groupon Grassroots, Michigan's Greenbush Brewing Company and MPC's 2012 Placemaking contest honorable mention winner, Avers Community Garden, have in common? A great spread in the Aug. 5, 2013 edition of Crain's Chicago Business, that's what. Winners of last year's contest, the Space in…
Neighborhood Leaders Demonstrate How to Create Active, Healthy Communities
When you hear the term “health disparities,” what comes to mind? We often think of them on a massive scale, such as rates of disease and life expectancy between the U.S. and Haiti. A recent series of maps from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation indicates that, in fact, we need not look…
Why a strong city takes more than clean silverware
Last week I had the pleasure of being in the presence of more than 300 Placemakers at the inaugural meeting of the Placemaking Leadership Council in Detroit. The goal of the Leadership Council, a new effort by the Project for Public Spaces (PPS) to consolidate and strengthen Placemaking as an…

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