[excerpt from “the line’]
These tips from the New York-based consultancy Project for Public Spaces (PPS) define a distinct vision of placemaking–a buzzword that’s heard more and more in the world of urbanism these days, but which doesn’t have (and probably can do without) a settled definition. Suffice it to say that placemaking is a less formal way of creating urban vitality than urban planning, though it doesn’t reject planning. It’s a bottom-up manner of making cities better, though it doesn’t reject a role for government. And it embraces temporary and ephemeral events and tactics while still striving for solid and sustainable improvements in urban spaces. The ideas below might be used as a template for assessing placemaking initiatives in the Twin Cities. Let us know what you think.