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Legacy Cities and PlaceMaking; Tools for Revitalization

In recent years, place-making has become a popular and successful strategy for creating community assets. This report - titled “Place-making in Legacy Cities: Opportunities and Good Practices” prepared by New Solutions Group, LLC and published by the Center for Community Progress - will help residents and community leaders build place-making plans to revitalize blighted areas.  Case studies look at activities happening in four ‘Legacy City’ settings including downtowns, anchor districts, neighborhoods and corridors.  (Legacy Cities are places that were formerly industrial hubs, usually in the Northeast and Midwest, that experienced major industrial and population declines). The report shows how these types of places – which often have high vacancy rates, shrinking populations and other challenges – can successfully adopt place-making strategies. 

The report highlights:

  • Over the Rhine in Cincinnati, OH
  • Midtown, the Georgia Street Community Collective and Clark Park in Detroit, MI
  • Elmwood Avenue in Buffalo, NY
  • Waterfront development and associated trail system in Pittsburgh, PA.

Topics include place-making strategies for downtowns, anchor districts, neighborhoods, trails, corridors and waterfronts, plus methods for formalizing community associations, setting goals, identifying opportunities, planning and outreach, implementation strategies and more.

Read the report