COVID-19: The Recovery will Happen in Public Space

Faking Places Revisited

Mar 31, 2009
Dec 14, 2017

Faking Places 2004: New Jersey's "Garden State Greenway" boldly combines new paradigms in transportation and recreation

2009 Making Places Update:In 2005, PPS co-founded The New York City Streets Renaissance campaign, a grassroots initiative that has catalyzed the transformation of the city’s transportation policy and brought sweeping change to NYC streets in a few short years. The campaign’s latest victory was recently announced -- NYC's Broadway has been shrunk two lanes for gardens, seating, and bike lanes.  This bold paradigm shift may pave the way for pedestrian-friendly planning policies in major cities around the world.


Faking Places 2005: Cars, Trucks Protest Against Placemaking

2009 Making Places Update: In 2008, skyrocketing fuel prices led to a nation-wide awakening on the importance of freedom from oil dependency.  Even as fuel prices dropped in early 2009, public transit ridership reached its highest volume in 52 years. People, it seems, have begun to protest against cars with the help of Placemaking.  PPS’s Building Community through Transportation initiative, plus partnerships with the Smart Growth Network and Transportation for America help lead the way.

Faking Places 2006: O Canada! Placemaking Sweeps the North Country

2009 Making Places Update:

Canadian cities and towns are adapting Placemaking practices around the country.  In 2008, based on an evaluation and project with PPS, the city of Mississauga began construction of a new park, and plans for town square revitalization is planned for 2009.  Canadian libraries are turning themselves inside out, remaking themselves into true civic destinations.  And PPS is now a proud partner with the Municipal Cultural Planning Partnership of Ontario, an organization dedicated to culture and cultural institutions positively affecting local economies and communities.

Faking Places 2007:Year of the Place

2009 Making Places Update:

Placemaking received a considerable amount of press in the last year, most notably in a ULI Magazine feature article about Placemaking around the world, authored by PPS’s Fred Kent. Additionally, Placemaking initiatives have been undertaken in places as diverse as Asia and Australia, in addition to Central and Eastern Europe.


Faking Places 2008:US economy rebounds thanks to huge growth of farmers’ markets

2009 Making Places Update:

With a new administration in the White House, first lady Michelle Obama is making plans for an extensive (and yet inexpensive) White House garden, showcasing that the “people’s lawn” can be used for something healthy, active and social. Meanwhile, the number of farmers markets has increased 6% over the last two years. Additionally, PPS will host its 7th International Public Markets Conference on April 24-26 in San Francisco, focusing on how public markets reconnect local economies and communities

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