Placemaking Main Street into a Destination Downtown
As many of our readers know, the decline of Main Streets is not just an urban or suburban phenomenon, but one that confronts rural communities across America as well. In this blog, Gary Toth and Fred Kent from Project for Public Spaces describe how Placemaking provides a powerful set of tools and strategies for improving Main Streets. 
 

From the Blog

  • Rachel Luster, Founder of the Oregon Food Producers & Artisans Co-Op leads a tour of the Co-Op's current space

    Designing for an Economy of Neighborliness

    February 6, 2015
    The unique culture of Oregon County, MO played an integral role throughout their workshop, which was dedicated to creating a vision for the Co-Op’s expansion into a vacant building-- from a presentation of the Ozarks’ vernacular architecture that kicked off the workshop, to the live folk and country music that ended each day of great work— to the designing itself.
  • Narrow cross section and parking make it difficult to drive faster than 15 mph on this Lambertville, New Jersey, Main Street. | Image by Gary Toth

    Placemaking Main Street into a Destination Downtown

    January 6, 2015
    As many of our readers know, the decline of Main Streets is not just an urban or suburban phenomenon, but one that confronts rural communities across America as well. In this blog, Gary Toth and Fred Kent from Project for Public Spaces describe how Placemaking provides a powerful set of tools and strategies for improving Main Streets.
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Established in 1991, the Citizens' Institute on Rural Design has convened more than 60 workshops in all regions of the country, empowering residents to leverage local assets for the future in order to build better places to live, work, and play.

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