Creating a Vibrant Place

Placemaking: what is it?

The Project for Public Spaces defines it as:

"A multi-faceted approach to the planning, design, and management of public spaces. Put simply, it involves looking at, listening to, and asking questions of the people who live, work, and play in a particular space, to discover their needs and aspirations. This information is then used to create a common vision for that place."

Rapid Growth's November speaker series event will focus on placemaking and things that are going on presently or planned for the near future to make Grand Rapids' downtown and urban neighborhoods vibrant, exciting places to live, work, and play.

You'll hear from:

Kris Larson, the new Downtown Development Authority (DDA) director for the City of Grand Rapids
Derek Coppess, 616Development and 616Lofts
Mark Miller, Architect/Designer at Nederveld Associates
Lynee Wells, Urban Planner for Williams and Works

Moderated by: Kathleen Ponitz, Principle at ProgressiveAE and Architecture and Planning Consultant

You'll hear about projects in the works, initiatives taking shape, and new focus areas of the DDA. We'll also solicit ideas from attendees as to what areas of the city they'd like to see "activated" better.

When: Thursday, November 15
Location: 103 S. Division (blue and yellow building at the SW corner of S. Division and Oakes)
Time: 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., doors open at 5:15 p.m.
Price: Free admission, open to the public
Beverages available

Not Your Average Speaker Series is sponsored by MSHDA and produced exclusively by Rapid Growth Media.

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