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Thursday, January 29, 2009

10 Trends Shaping the Future of Our Communities

As we transition from a burgeoning economy to one that's rapidly deflating, people are realizing that placemaking offers the ideal approach to improving our cities and neighborhoods in these hard times.


Placemaking puts people first. It is a holistic approach based on public involvement, on citizens working to make things better. Capitalizing on communities' often overlooked assets and can-do spirit, placemaking shows how we can advance everyone's health and happiness without spending huge amounts of money.

We now see the limitation of the privatized pursuits that flourished in recent years, and are rediscovering the importance of truly public spots - "parks, markets, waterfronts and downtowns, to name a few" - where we can come together to meet our needs and solve problems. (More from PPS)

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