Smaller legacy cities can leverage their unique quality of place to draw people to live, work, and play there.

The link between quality of place and the ability to attract and retain talent has become increasingly clear. Placemaking – or the process of creating places where people want to live, work, and spend time – should be a considered an important component of smaller legacy cities’ economic development strategies.

The Walkability Checklist ➔
Walkability is about ensuring a safe and pleasant pedestrian experience. 70 percent of Americans say walkability is a high priority for where they want to live.

Complete Street Toolkit ➔
The Minnesota Complete Streets Coalition created a toolkit for local governments on how to implement a complete streets policy.

Public Spaces Community Places ➔
This grant program, the first of its kind, is operated by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and the Michigan Municipal League, and funds small projects that activate public space.

Creating a Sense of Place Through Complete Streets ➔
Complete streets are a way of thinking about how we design our public roadways.

The Lighter Quicker Cheaper (LQC) Method ➔
This type of placemaking, coined by the Project for Public Spaces, refers to simple projects that are short-term and low-cost.

The Four Types of Placemaking ➔
In the report “Definition of Placemaking: Four Different Types,” MSU Land Policy Institute’s Mark Wyckoff details what placemaking means and the variety of its interpretations. 

The Economic Impact of Placemaking ➔
Placemaking is about strengthening the sense of community, but it has profound economic impacts as well.

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