In the November 25, 2013 issue of Urban Land Online, Leslie Braunstein writes about how investment in the arts can pay off in terms of urban place making, as well as in economic terms. Since 2011, The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has issued “Our Town” grants supporting 190 projects in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, with total funding exceeding $16 million. The program supports creative place making with goals that include improving the quality of life; encouraging greater creative activity; fostering stronger community identity and a sense of place; and revitalizing economic development. The article describes seven of these projects.
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Writing for Urban Land magazine during the ULI Fall Meeting, Leslie Braunstein points out that the “sharing economy” –including new transportation modes such as car sharing, bike sharing, and even scooter sharing — can help reduce the need for parking in cities. Many US cities are following the example of Copenhagen by reclaiming street parking for use by pedestrians and cyclists, as well as for “parklets.”