A DIY Guide to Placemaking in Your Neighborhood
Full resource: A Guide to Neighborhood Placemaking in Chicago
Summary: This guidebook is written for anyone who has a stake in the improvement of neighborhoods. It also is for people who will be managing and coordinating a Placemaking process, whether for a small corner, community center, park, street, or an entire neighborhood. It describes the process and steps for developing a Placemaking program and engaging citizens from the beginning of the project through its implementation- while also bringing in public, professional and technical resources in a supportive and creative way.
The goal of this guidebook is to teach Placemaking participants how to:
- Define the basic elements that create a successful place.
- Understand the role that successful community places play in neighborhood revitalization.
- Recognize a successful place.
- Learn to analyze a specific site.
- Facilitate groups of local community leaders, residents and designers to work together on improving public spaces.
- Develop a plan of immediate, short-term, and long-term actions to improve a site.
- Approach place-related issues or problems differently in the future.