The issue: Public space planning gaining ground
The solution: Promoting Placemaking across metropolitan Chicago
Through Placemaking Chicago, MPC supports the creation and care of vibrant public spaces across Chicagoland, through policy advocacy, close collaboration with public agencies and elected officials, direct assistance to residents and community organizations, and an active social media and online presence.
MPC’s Placemaking work is integrated into many of our initiatives, including our work to:
Spark economic and community development: Improvements to public areas can catalyze private investment and small-scale entrepreneurial activities.
Build bridges: Well-planned public spaces draw an ethnically, culturally and socially diverse population and encourage people to take pride in their community.
Improve the environment: Quality public spaces often add green elements to communities or encourage people to drive less by giving them walkable destinations.
Improve public health: Quality public areas give people a place to exercise, play and relax.
Strengthen community identity: Places nurture and define community identity by organizing residents around a shared goal, perpetuating integrity and values, and creating a common vision.
Encourage democracy: Public spaces give diverse groups the chance to work collaboratively in a democratic process.
Benefit tax payers: Engagement and cooperation between officials and the public leads to more effective use of resources.
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