Placemaking Case Studies
Everyone deserves to live, work, and play in beautiful places.
Explore these case studies to learn how communities of all sizes and geographies are embracing and enhancing the qualities that make them unique through innovative placemaking projects.
Placemaking in Greater Chicago
From pop-up retail to reclaimed gravel quarries, creative placemaking projects abound in and around Chicago.
Knoxville's Tree Mitigation Bank
Developers can now pay into a fund to plant trees when their own projects can't support them.
Reclaiming Green Space in Pittsburgh
Scenic Pittsburgh is turning unwanted parcels of land into public greenspace.
Saving Snickersville Turnpike
Community activists saved a historic Virginia road and bridge from redevelopment, preserving a piece of their history.
Creating Communities of Character
When a chain store moves into town, it often brings a sense of “Anyplace, USA,” detracting from the community’s unique characteristics. Communities can preserve their sense of place by negotiating with national retailers, using tools such as design standards, corridor overlays, form-based codes, and design review.