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Placemaking Within Place Management

By Cole Judge, P.U.M.A. SeniorAssociate My thoughts on placemaking: Placemaking should be intentional and collaborative – with the goal of enhancing a shared space to benefit community building and place-based economic development. Local context is critical – as enhancing a place should fit within a local understanding, identity and imagination. As city builders, our placemaking projects should incorporate access and [...]

November 12th, 2019|0 Comments

On Placemaking and Gentrification

By Bree Davies, P.U.M.A. Project Assistant What does it mean to make a place? Who decides that a place is to be made? Once a place is made to the standards of a certain set of people, who then is allowed or not allowed to be in that space? Can placemaking truly happen without the removal or erasure of the place [...]

November 12th, 2019|0 Comments

Is It Really “Placemaking”?

By Yvette Freeman, P.U.M.A. Senior Strategist “Placemaking” is a term commonly used in my industry, related to planning, business improvement districts (BIDs), and activating/managing public spaces. I have a strong visceral reaction to this term which I do not accept, much less embrace. Some places that have been “made” were previously occupied and used by the people that long lived [...]

November 12th, 2019|0 Comments

On Placemaking

By Amanda Kannard, P.U.M.A. Associate In the planning profession, ‘placemaking’ has become a ubiquitous term used to describe small-scale physical and programmatic improvements to the public realm. Not only is it taught almost religiously in planning schools, the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) seems to uphold it as a paragon for creative, tactical, community-based planning. But not all communities [...]

November 12th, 2019|0 Comments

Learning the “Ugly” Truth about the Legal Discrimination Against People with Disabilities

By Bree Davies, P.U.M.A. Equitable Communities Strategist At various points in American history, it has been legal to discriminate against people with disabilities. More than 100 years before passing the Americans With Disabilities Act in 1990, so-called “ugly laws” were on the books in states across the country. These laws were created to keep people with disabilities and people with visible physical [...]

October 3rd, 2018|0 Comments

I Could Live There: An Ode to Downtown Oklahoma City

By Andrea Buglione, P.U.M.A. Associate In the 1990s, I’m told, almost no one lived in Oklahoma City’s downtown. The sprawling city’s urban core was for workers occupying sterile office buildings until heading out for the day at five o’clock. Today, the area is home to nearly 10,000 residents, helping make it what we call an “18-hour city.” Projections indicate that the [...]

October 3rd, 2018|0 Comments