In the summer of 2008, after participating in a PPS Placemaking workshop and bringing together multiple partners and community stakeholders, the Greater Kennedy Plaza Association (GKPA) in Providence, RI, generated $85,000 for its first year of programming. With a mission to transform neglected public spaces throughout the city into vibrant community destinations, the organization received support from numerous sources, including the Coalition for Community Development; the Department of Art, Culture + Tourism; Providence Foundation, the Parks Department; Providence Tourism Council; and the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA). The GKPA also used crowdsourcing to acquire program amenities such as portable basketball hoops (from Providence College) and welcome banners (funded by RIPTA and the Providence Preservation Society). The success of Burnside Park in Greater Kennedy Plaza is due to the financial support, donations, and multi-sector partnerships generated through these efforts, and in Summer 2008, more than 1500 visitors attended evening programs at the Plaza. Today, many of RIPTA’s 71,ooo daily users can pass through and appreciate this newly energized public space.
*Please note that these Hall of Shame nominations were written in a moment in time (most over a decade ago) and likely have since changed or even been transformed. If the above entry is now great, or still not so great, go ahead and comment below on how it has evolved or nominate it as a great place.
On April 22nd, Milwaukee was announced as one of the six 2015 Heart of the Community cities. Over the next six months, the local project team and PPS used “Lighter, Quicker, Cheaper” (LQC) Placemaking principles to ensure that the The Spot 4MKE continued to be a collaborative, inclusive, and community-led project.