The inaugural meeting of the Placemaking Leadership Council took place on April 11-12, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan.
Why Detroit? According to Jeanette Pierce, the Director of Community Relations for D:hive, Detroit is “big enough to matter in the world, but small enough that you can matter in it.” The city is becoming a model for Placemaking in downtowns and neighborhoods alike. In downtown Detroit the 2.5 acre, $20 million, Campus Martius Park has become a magnet for the revival of the city and has attracted millions in new investment in the blocks around it. In neighborhoods across Detroit residents are using Placemaking strategies to strengthen their communities.
Within this inspirational setting, over 300 people from around the world met to debate, discuss, share, celebrate, and develop goals for a Placemaking campaign.
The working groups at the meeting were organized around the following seven agendas:
- Building Community through Transportation: Leveraging transportation investments to build stronger communities
- Creating Multi-Use Public Destinations
- Entrepreneurial Places: Markets, Main streets, and Beyond – The role of Placemaking in advancing local entrepreneurship
- Place Capital: Capturing the benefits of Placemaking
- Architecture of Place: Taking design practice to the next level to support better places
- Healthy Communities: Using Placemaking to address today’s health challenges
- Place Governance: Restructuring government and civic engagement around Placemaking
In addition, an eighth self-organized working group explored strategies and opportunities for Placemaking in low-income communities.
Read the full Detroit summary report or see the following PPS blog posts for more information about the inaugural meeting and how PPS is supporting Placemaking initiatives throughout Michigan:
The Placemaking Roundup (A Collection of Brief Videos of PLC Presentations)
Overheard in Detroit: Ten Great Quotes From the Placemaking Leadership Council
The Right to Contribute: A Report from the Placemaking Leadership Council
Supporting Placemaking Leadership in Michigan