Project for Public Spaces

Project for Public Spaces (PPS) serves as the lead cooperator for CIRD, administering and coordinating the program on behalf of the NEA.  Founded in 1975, PPS is a nonprofit planning, design, and educational organization dedicated to helping people create and sustain public spaces that build stronger communities. PPS has completed projects in over 2,500 communities and all 50 US states, and has become an internationally recognized center for resources, tools, and inspiration about placemaking.


  • 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.