Place Making Institute Sparks Insightful Discussions on Community Development and Character

A select group of community planners and designers gathered in Newport, RI, from November 4-6 for the latest meeting of the Place Making Institute. During the meeting, participants discussed challenges and opportunities related to development, growth, and preservation with their peers and subject matter experts, yielding thoughtful insights and powerful takeaways.   Taking place in…

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Placemaking Spotlight: Nashville’s Jefferson Street

Historic Community at a Crossroads is Profiled in Documentary Film Once the northern boundary of Nashville, Jefferson Street boasts a rich history as a hotspot for African American commerce and culture. Once a haven for formerly enslaved people, it was home to three historically Black colleges and universities, a vibrant entertainment scene, and some of…

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Placemaking Spotlight: Socorro, New Mexico

Former Mission Town is a Hub for Technology, History & Scenic Beauty The town of Socorro, New Mexico, takes its name from the Spanish word for “help” or “aid”—a moniker that reflects its history as well as its evolution into a contemporary community with character. Juan de Oñate and his team of Spanish explorers arrived…

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Placemaking Spotlight: Florence, Alabama

A Must-See for Music Lovers, Florence Hits the Right Notes as a Community with Character Just like the Italian city for which it’s named, Florence, Alabama, is something of a renaissance town. Situated in the northwestern corner of the state, Florence is a hotspot for music and culture, a hub for education, and home to…

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Placemaking Spotlight: Bozeman, Montana

Called “the most livable place,” Bozeman Delights with Beautiful Views and More Tucked away in southern Montana, the charming city of Bozeman is sometimes called “the most livable place,” thanks to its picture-perfect location near the Rocky Mountains, its enticing outdoors amenities, and its thriving cultural scene. Visitors flock to Bozeman all year long for…

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Placemaking Spotlight: Chapel Hill, NC

“The Southern Part of Heaven,” Chapel Hill Appeals to History Buffs, Sports Fans, and Nature Enthusiasts Alike Nicknamed “The Southern Part of Heaven,” Chapel Hill, North Carolina, was established in 1793, a few years after the university for which it’s best known. With a population of 61,912, it’s a trendsetting playground full of sights, sounds,…

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Placemaking Spotlight: Natchez, Mississippi

Overlooking the Mississippi River, Natchez, Mississippi, is a quaint Southern town rich in history, culture, and hospitality. One of the first European settlements in the Mississippi River Valley, Natchez was originally home to the Natchez tribe. French settlers established a fort on the current site of the town on August 3, 1716, drawn to its…

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Placemaking Spotlight: Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

Coeur d’Alene offers beautiful views and embraces placemaking values Coeur D’Alene is a city located in northwest Idaho known for its beautiful lakes, the most famous being its namesake, Lake Coeur D’Alene. Home to more than 55 lakes, the Canfield Mountain Natural Area, McEuen Park, and Coeur d’Alene National Forest, this town is perfect for…

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Placemaking Spotlight: Columbia, MO

Making Cultural Headway in the Missouri Heartland Recognized as one of the nation’s top 10 college towns and one of the best places in the nation to live, Columbia, Missouri, is known for the small-town comforts, community spirit, and big-city culture that make it a prime example of placemaking excellence. Affectionately known as “CoMo,” Columbia…

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Placemaking Spotlight: Oxford, Mississippi

Southern Charm and Smart Design There’s a popular saying among residents of Oxford, Mississippi: “We get to live here.” It’s so popular, in fact, that it has become a hashtag that the town’s 25,000 residents share with pride on social media. And with good reason. Named after another university town—Oxford, England—the idyllic city is often…

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