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Placemaking is about feeling connected to your space and your community.  As a landscape designer and contractor, I see placemaking in every home. I love to transform outdoor spaces that will bring sustained enjoyment, create memories with family and friends, and enrich each other’s lives.⠀
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When I approach a new place to design, I begin by getting to know all the people who will be in the space. I find that when I can connect with each person on a personal level and learn about who they are, their interests, concerns, and when they feel their best, I can help make a space that will have the best chance to fulfill their collective vision.⠀
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Read more from @heathertrilling in tonight's post!⠀
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@heathertrilling @trillinglandscape. #plywords
"Placemaking is choosing to be a participant instead of a spectator." - @motley.studio @blaine_williamson #plywords
Placemaking is a holy union, a love affair between a place and those that invest in it. Placemaking is choosing to be a participant instead of a spectator. Why don’t we think of our relationships with our cities as just that, a relationship? Why don’t we see community building as a 50/50, give and take?⠀
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Places are more than where we buy groceries or grab a beer; they’re where we build a business, start a family, celebrate success and feel utter loss. They carry the weight of our day-to-day lives. It matters because places don’t happen on their own. It matters because a place without community engagement is not a place at all -- it’s simply a space, empty sidewalks, a bookmark in the novel that gets left on the shelf.⠀
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Go to libraries. Use public transit. Go to state parks. Use the post office. Volunteer. Meet your neighbors. Read your local paper. Call your representatives. Reward yourself for being apart of a community instead of a corporate consumer, and begin to make place in your everyday life. - @motley.studio @blaine_williamson #plywords
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Of course, the Atlanta BeltLine, but more broadly, the vast number of places, spaces and events that consistently focus on the building of communities. In Atlanta, we’re blessed to have places like The Gathering Spot, events like Creative Mornings, and other options, such as neighborhood festivals, that exist for the sole reason of establishing communities that value diverse perspectives and lifestyles.⠀
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@twannaharris @atlantabeltline⠀
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What places are you thankful for in your community? Tag them below!⠀
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#plywords
Check out part of a conversation that we had with @twannaharris the VP of Brand Content and Strategic Initiatives for the Atlanta Beltline ( @atlantabeltline ):⠀
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-When you think of Placemaking, what comes to mind?⠀
A sense of belonging... establishing spaces were people feel comfortable, valued and welcomed, whether they have spent decades in that space or just moving into an area.⠀
-What are some of the biggest challenges you're facing related to placemaking in your work?⠀
I think displacement and the constant fluctuation of neighborhoods, and the individuals or families that make up those communities, make it difficult to establish an identity that is both authentic and ownable. As Atlanta continues to grow towards its projected population and factor in more trends that tend to accompany inner city growth, these factors will only multiply exponentially, as communities follow the trend of morphing into places with new identities, hearts and souls.⠀
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Read the rest in tonights post. Comment below what comes to mind when you think of placemaking!⠀
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#plywords @twannaharris @atlantabeltline
We asked @heathermluyk how does biking help Atlanta residents experience the city in a new way? Read her answer below!⠀
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Plain and simple, Atlanta is known for its car-culture and traffic. It is one of the most sprawling regions and is known for some of the countries longest commutes. Bottom line is people spend a lot of time driving and in traffic. Driving can be very monotonous and boring--I mean, have you ever been driving and arrived at your destination only to think, "how did I even get here?" Biking, on the other hand, is fun and has a way of making oneself fully present. One of the best things about being on a bike is that it slows you down to a pace that allows you to take in and experience what is around you. And I don't mean slow you down in an inefficient way--let me just say, passing cars while riding in the bike lane is definitely one of life's greatest pleasures!⠀
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When I started biking more I  instantly felt more connected to the communities I was riding through. In Atlanta, there are four major highways that people use to get around. This actually separates people from the city, its beautiful neighborhoods and everything that is going on at any given moment. However, when you choose to arrive by bike you have to (aka get to!) navigate the city through its streets.  When I ride to work I bike through 7 different neighborhoods and see businesses, parks, schools, street art and everything in between that makes up our beautiful intown neighborhoods. I especially love to stop and take a bike portrait in front of my favorite murals I come across. Streets are the lifeblood, the heart, and soul of a city and there's no better way to experience and connect with yours than on a bicycle.⠀
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@heathermluyk @atlantabike #plywords 🚴
I think of transformation. Placemaking is all about turning public spaces into people-centered places--this could be parks, waterfronts, plazas or the street. It's about creating a stronger connection between communities by making literal space for them to come together and share. Placemaking isn't simply a hands-on approach, but a broader concept that inspires communities at large. The idea of placemaking informs my work on a daily basis. As the organizer of Atlanta Streets Alive my work mainly focuses on the street aspect of placemaking. Modeled after Open Streets concepts from Bogota, Columbia, we open the street to people by temporarily closing them to cars.  We aim to create culture-shifting experiences that change minds and that ultimately people would see streets as people-focused public space.
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Did you know that city streets typically make up around 30% of a city's land area? The way streets are designed today is centered around the car experience and placemaking has done a great job bringing into question the purpose and ways we use our streets. I see placemaking as not only a way to bring people together, but also a way to start conversations about what our public spaces are meant for and how they can be of most use to the community.
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#plywords #bikeatlanta @heathermluyk @atlantabike
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So today is your commissioning day. You have been commissioned to create a place, a product, a voice, a service, a community that either didn’t exist or needs you to improve the life of those around you. I love my city. I love my neighborhood. It’s certainly worth getting involved.
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What are small decisions we can each make in our daily lives to be more present in the communities we live in? #plywords @carmentbcoe  @jrichatlanta
We are all placemakers. Where you choose to live matters. It says something about who you are. You create a place at home where you, your family, your  friends and neighbors can gather. You may create a place in the market for a product to be sold. You may create a place for people to gather to practice their faith or experience God. Place matters.
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Consciously or unconsciously, we are all placemakers, but when you wake up to the power of creating place, you become a brave risk-taker. Placemakers see what’s not there and are willing to take risks to get there. In the mid 1800’s Fredrick Law Olmstead saw the viability of Central Park—an 800 acre uptown park—before people even lived above 14th St in Manhattan. Do you see what I mean? He saw a need for a place before people knew they needed it.
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The “Fixer Upper” mindset has swept the nation. We all think we can (or at least like watching others) pick the diamond in the rough and see its potential. It’s honestly what drew me to the real estate industry. I saw an old house in a great location that I could create a great environment for my family to thrive in Atlanta. That’s placemaking. -@carmenbcoe  @jrichatlanta #plywords
Do you ever pause to consider what makes a place special? Maybe it’s the smells or sounds you experience. Maybe it’s the history you’ve made there. The places in which we live our lives and share our stories profoundly shape who we are. The places we gather and play nurture our sense of belonging.
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Join us in a week long discussion about the art and practice of Placemaking for #plywords this week. Tomorrow we will send out an email with the first article written by @carmenbcoe . If you're not already subscribed to our mailing list you can join through the link in our bio.
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Before we share what we're learning... what does Placemaking mean to you?
It seems that fall is right around the corner! What are you most excited about? Pumpkin spice lattes, leaves falling, temperature dropping maybe? Let us know below! 🍂 🏕️ 🍁
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📸 : @lascollective
Anybody else as excited as we are to be back in this space? Black Box Night 1 is happening on the 25th! Next week we'll jump into Plywords, a community discussion here on social media, and wrap up the discussion at Plywood Place. ◼️
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The link for tickets is still in our bio so claim your seat today! Shoutout to Brian Preston ( @brianpreston)  founder of @lamonluther ! Last Spring he lead a discussion about Triple Bottom Line at Black Box.