February 19, 2013
In 2010, a Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design workshop in Taos, New Mexico helped reinvigorate a public plaza and create a new network of pathways and sidewalks. At an Elk Horn City, Kentucky workshop in 2011, attendees identified creative solutions to connect the community with its riverfront. In dozens of communities across the country, similar workshops have helped rural communities use design to solve challenges like improving walkability, curbing sprawl, and attracting tourists by enhancing local heritage.
January 28, 2013
On January 23, CommunityMatters hosted a Program Information Call for CIRD. Jamie Hand from the National Endowment for the Arts and Cynthia Nikitin from Project for Public Spaces provided an overview of the CIRD program and answered questions related to the recently released RFP.
January 10, 2013
We are very excited to re-launch this program, as it represents a unique opportunity for both of our agencies to provide essential design services to rural communities. Through our new partnership with Project for Public Spaces, Inc., the Orton Family Foundation, and the CommunityMatters® Partnership, rural communities can build upon existing assets and improve the way their community looks, its quality of life, and its economic viability.
December 6, 2012
With funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Federal Highway Administration, the Federal Transportation Authority, and the Driggs Urban Renewal Agency, the City of Driggs Idaho (pop. 1,660) plans to transform over 13,000 square feet of public space in its city center into an historic arts, visitor, recreation and transit center.
December 4, 2012
Travel teaches you many things, not the least of which is that the world doesn’t have to be ugly.
I first learned this lesson while serving in the U.S. Army in Germany during the 1970s. Heidelberg, where I lived, was clean, compact, and dripping with history. The town center was packed with shops and sidewalk cafes. Missing were cars, which you really didn’t need because you could walk from one end of town to the other in about 20 minutes.