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:
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: