The concept of place is a bit abstract. It is difficult to describe, and yet you know it when you are there. An area with a "sense of place" usually includes retail shops and places of employment, plenty of people on the move or stopping to chat, a public park or square, and possibly some planned events or activities. But, a place is more than a sum of its parts, and typically has a shared character, personality, or identity. While no place is like any other, one common element runs through each - its people! No one knows more about a place than the people that live there, experience it every day, and make it their own.
Click on the following map for information on specific Placemaking districts and the actions plans that have been developed for each.
We hope placemaking will allow citizens to make extraordinary improvements, both big and small, in their communities. It will provide an outlet for proactive and positive change. New sidewalks, shade trees, or improved StarMetro service can only do so much. As such, Placemaking is not just the act of building or fixing up a space, but a whole process that fosters the creation of vital public destinations: the kind of places where people feel a strong stake in their communities and a commitment to making things better. Simply put, Placemaking capitalizes on a local community's existing assets, inspiration, and potential, ultimately creating good public spaces that promote people's health, happiness, and well-being.