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.

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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.

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Better Commercial Development

View examples of national retailers that have worked with the community on designs that better align with their unique sense of place.

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Adaptive Reuse

Giving old buildings fresh, new purposes helps preserve a community’s unique character while also making responsible use of existing structures.

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More Placemaking Resources

The Congress for New Urbanism’s searchable database showcases hundreds of placemaking projects, which you can filter by location, type, year, and other features. Here are a few examples of noteworthy projects.

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