We’re now more than halfway through 2018! So you probably know what your citymaking challenges are. But do you know what kind of Citymaker you are? Take our quiz to pin down what keeps you motivated to keep creating awesome places people love! (Well, you probably know, but who can resist a Buzzfeed-like quiz?!) :)
Finally, we bring you the third installment Design For Our Lives, Vision Zero Blog Series - and it is chuck full of data, visualizations, interactive maps, charts, word clouds - everything you ever wanted to know about Vision Zero! If you're a Vision Zero city, check out how you compare to your fellow peers and if you're NOT (get to it and) see how other cities are paving a safer path for pedestrians and bicyclists - and how data can help!
Happy 4th! Today we profiled five not-totally-obvious amazing walkable places were you can picnic, compete in hot dog eating competitions, enjoy some pretty cool pyrotechnics, and of course, get your steps on on our nation’s birthday :) Oh, and yeah, we ran their State of Place Index & Profile too so you know exactly how walkable - and overall awesome - they really are! (And citymakers, if your city didn't make this list, don't fret, call us, we'll get you your place quality deets, stat!)
Michelle Woodhouse, State of Place COO and Metro Detroit resident, reports live from Ford's official public announcement of its 4-year plan to renovate the long-abandoned Michigan Central Station and its surrounding neighborhood, Corktown. We also couldn’t resist working our datageek magic to quantify the potential impact of Ford’s proposed vision - and provide a few recommendations, courtesy of our handy predictive analytics software.
The Brookings Institute recently published a report exploring a new planning and real estate model: catalytic development, which intends to jump-start redevelopment in languishing urban areas using a more place-based approach (yay for that!). As a former Brookings co-author of Chris Leinberger myself, I still tend to read his regularly seminal pieces, this one not excluded! But in case you haven't had the time to read through the 78-page report, we created a handy, TLDR guide highlighting the 10 things you need to know about Catalytic Development.
Our tribute to Anthony Bourdain, the consummate Seeker and place-oholic: “Bourdain had a magical, hypnotizing ability to not just transcendently capture [the "intersection" between food, place, and people] but to exploit it to show us something deeper in ourselves, to inspire empathy for "the other," to connect us to communities far afield and familiar alike, to deliver unto us a sense of place(s), to embolden us to seek out and relish the unknown, to find joy in the simplicity of food - and the human experience.