Planning

Performing Arts Center

PERFORMING ARTS CENTER: DOES UPTOWN CULTURE STIMULATE DOWNTOWN VITALITY?
Performing arts centers have been touted as a strategy for revitalizing downtowns by increasing activities that bring in residents with higher incomes, tourists,arts employees, educated workers, and housing. Despite their popularity, civic leaders have encountered issues. This dissertation compares downtowns with and without performing arts centers.

Set In Stone

SET IN STONE: BUILDING AMERICA'S NEW GENERATION
A report on Cultural building in the United States, particularly in regard to the landscape of cultural building, the investment determinants of cultural building, the feasibility of cultural building projects, case studies of cultural building projects, and the effects on communities in which cultural projects are built.

Building Worlds Together

BUILDING WORLDS TOGETHER: THE MANY FUNCTIONS AND FORMS OF ARTS AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT 
ArtPlace Deputy Director Lyz Crane talks about arts-based community development in which arts and culture can help achieve place-based change related to the physical, social, and economic dimensions of place. She outlines the variety of ways that the actors and activities involved in arts and community development work can relate to and interact with each other to create sustainable communities.

Creativity and Neighborhood Development Strategies

CREATIVITY AND NEIGHBORHOOD DEVELOPMENT STRATEGIES FOR COMMUNITY INVESTMENT
In collaboration with the Social Impact of the Arts Project of the University of Pennsylvania (SIAP), has been examining the ways creative activity, specifically community-based arts and culture, can play a role in neighborhood revitalization and lays out steps for building an integrative vision of creativity and neighborhood revitalization.

Native American Creative Placemaking

NATIVE AMERICAN CREATIVE PLACEMAKING
That "Placemaking was always known to Native Americans" undergirds a new "Native American Creative Placemaking" report from HAC which examines some Native American creative placemaking efforts while offering a first of its kind interactive map. The paper also notes funding sources and emphasizes that placemaking “offers Native people on opportunity to reconnect with their traditional ways of life” as an antidote to injustices including forced assimilation, trauma in boarding schools, and extreme poverty.

PlaceBase Productions

PLACEBASE PRODUCTIONS
There have been a host of studies in recent years regarding the powerful connection between the arts and community development. Placebase Productions creates site-specific theatre on the conviction that this connection is real. If you are eager to explore how the arts are energizing untapped potential in small communities you can find some recent studies here. 

Arnstein's Ladder of Citizen Participation

ARNSTEIN'S LADDER OF CITIZEN PARTICIPATION
Sherry Arnstein, writing in 1969 about citizen involvement in planning processes in the United States, described a “ladder of citizen participation” that showed participation ranging from high to low. The ladder is a guide to seeing who has power when important decisions are being made. It has survived for so long because people continue to confront processes that refuse to consider anything beyond the bottom rungs.

Jemez Principles for Democratic Organizing

JEMEZ PRINCIPLES FOR DEMOCRATIC ORGANIZING
On December 6-8, 1996, forty people of color and European-American representatives met in Jemez, New Mexico, for the “Working Group Meeting on Globalization and Trade.” The Jemez meeting was hosted by the Southwest Network for Environmental and Economic Justice with the intention of hammering out common understandings between participants from different cultures, politics and organizations. The “Jemez Principles” for democratic organizing were adopted by the participants.

Places in the Making

PLACES IN MAKING
The current diversity and breadth of placemaking projects and processes is both a vindication for placemaking and a challenge for advocates and thought leaders as they seek to hone the placemaking message and develop a collective case for relevancy. How will the placemaking movement channel its tremendous momentum into positive results for communities and places? This research with in-depth case studies begins to answer this question.