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Public Space Management and Operations

Operations of a place requires the daily management of the physical space, whether publicly or privately owned, that encompasses cleaning, beautification, wayfinding, infrastructure maintenance, outreach, green space, and parking. Place managers address both the actual and perceived safety and security issues of a place by providing services, outreach and facilities. Place managers foster relationships with local and regional providers to share resources and information with the goal of cultivating safe and vibrant communities. Clean and safe teams have evolved within some districts to include engagement and intervention for those in need within our urban places.

Bonaventure Project: From Expressway to Promenade

May 09, 2019 Award

More than one-half mile of elevated expressway was demolished in the heart of downtown Montréal to make way for a new ground-level urban boulevard and over six acres of continuous public space. For more than 50 years, the elevated Bonaventure Expressway cut across the city centre. This major thoroughfare was the main gateway to downtown Montréal from the Champlain Bridge crossing the mighty St. Lawrence River. It accommodated more than 27,000 vehicles per day, including 1,900 buses. Rather

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Argyle & Grafton Streetscape Project

May 09, 2019 Award

In 2015, Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) and the Downtown Halifax Business Commission (DHBC) launched a successful community-based shared street pilot project. The goal was to create a flexible, three block plaza-like environment that prioritizes pedestrians over cars. The final design, done by Ekistics, a local design firm, was curbless to slow traffic, removed on-street parking in favour of pedestrian space, and fostered social interactions through public amenities and art. The use of

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Alley Gallery

May 09, 2019 Award

Alley Gallery is a program created by the Louisville Downtown Partnership (LDP) to bring under-recognized spaces back to life, enlivening dingy single and double metal service doors with existing artwork created by metro-area artists. More than 300 potential public and private doors in the target area are candidates for the program. Participating property owners are provided with access to a Dropbox featuring existing artwork by local artists from which to choose. Denoted as sponsors, their

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Bring Back the Bricks

May 08, 2019 Award

Yaletown has a rich architectural history, unique for its old warehouses that date back to the district’s time as a national railway terminal. These structures have since lost their aesthetic appeal as bricks were replaced by concrete and asphalt and the remarkable heritage beams were removed. Hoping to highlight Yaletown’s past, the Yaletown BIA implemented “Bring Back the Bricks” as an effort to recognize the district’s unique culture and history, and create a stronger sense of

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Creativity Everywhere

May 08, 2019 Award

The Creativity Everywhere project started in 2013 in downtown Lafayette, Louisiana, to improve the district through art after several meetings with the arts community. We said, “Where’s the art?” They said, “Where’s the money?” So we got creative. We started small in 2013 with the mantra of “paint it or plant it” when we sought to improve our district through art and small-scale improvements. We even adopted an informal motto that we were “fixing the

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Urban Parks Partnership

May 08, 2019 Award

As Seattle’s population increases and its urban core becomes increasingly dense, so does the need for vibrant and inviting public spaces. Downtown-area parks have unique challenges and opportunities that occur as a result of being situated in fast-growing urban settings with rising employment and residential populations. In order to meet that growing need, in June 2015 the Downtown Seattle Association (DSA), Alliance for Pioneer Square, Friends of Waterfront Seattle, the Seattle Parks

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Westwood Village District Parking and Access Solutions

May 08, 2019 Award

Traffic, congestion, access, and parking are significant concerns in Westwood Village, a heavily used and densely populated 25-square block commercial district located on the bustling Westside of Los Angeles. The WVIA resolved to create more parking availability using existing district spaces and to create a comprehensive wayfinding system to direct vehicles and pedestrians to parking and places of interest in the district. WVIA increased on-street parking by creating 40 more metered spaces,

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20th Street West Streetscaping Project

May 08, 2019 Award

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Chicago Riverwalk | State Street to LaSalle Street

May 08, 2019 Award

From meandering stream to reclaimed recreational resource, the Chicago River has a long and storied history. Until recently, the public’s perception of the river made the goal of embracing it as a recreational amenity seem impossible. The Chicago Riverwalk project, an initiative to reclaim the river for the ecological, recreational, and economic benefit of the city, is responsible for many realized segments of continuous river improvements over the past three decades. Turning challenges into

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Douglas Street: The Rebirth of Main Street

May 08, 2019 Award

Through the work of its Clean, Safe & Sustainable Committee, the Board of the Downtown Victoria Business Association (DVBA) realized that the main street was starting to decline. In January 2015 the DVBA arranged a facilitated charrette with Douglas Street stakeholders to re-envision what the street could look like in 20 years, and presented the resulting vision, Arriving at Douglas Street, to City Council. After the Victoria City Council enthusiastically embraced the plan, a partnership

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