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Over 250 citizens attended the full-day neighborhood conference. We had conversations about place - what neighbors and businesses can do quickly and cheaply to make overnight type changes. Outside eating areas, movies in the park, temporary store structures are people - attracting features. We talked about that civic spaces should have 10 activities - referred to as the "Power of 10" - to ensure that a continual draw happens at a park, street corner, or in civic places such as the front of our libraries. You could tell that the neighborhood leaders, business owners, nonprofits, and government officials attending recognized the vast possibilities to make places more invigorating.

If you have questions about the conference, contact:

Jule Stroick, Department of Planning, Community & Economic Development, Planning Division
jstroick@cityofmadison.com
(608) 267-8744

Linda Horvath, Department of Planning, Community & Economic Development, Planning Division
lhorvath@cityofmadison.com
(608) 267-1131

If you want information on placemaking, go to:

Project for Public Spaces
http://www.pps.org/