Placebook: Heroes and Sheroes of Placemaking

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Who are the heroes and sheroes of placemaking? Are they our leaders and planners who draw up maps and synthesize the findings of community meetings? Are they the community members themselves who come out to meetings and offer encouragement and criticism? I seem to think everyone is capable of being a hero or shero of place. While we celebrate as our leaders climb greater heights and also look back on their careers, let’s look to ourselves and see how we can make our communities a better place for today. And with that, today’s news:

Greensboro leaders are proposing major changes to our bus system, including a fare increase and service cuts.

How college campus blue light towers have managed to survive the cell phone age.

The available at-large Guilford County Commissioners seat is pitting former colleagues against each other.

Half of North Carolina’s counties are eligible for summer food assistance for children from the USDA.

The National Register of Historic Places has added ten new North Carolina sites.

A new bike shop in Mt. Airy is doubling as a museum and art gallery.

Zaycon Foods of Washington State promises online-ordering and fresh bulk meat delivery to 48 states, including North Carolina.

Places that the New York Times missed when they did their 36-hours in Raleigh.

What a local Greensboro developer believes is the solution to Greensboro’s food deserts.

The City of Greensboro has waived yard waste restrictions until all storm debris can be picked up from the storms of last month.

Why the State DOT reduced the speed limit of US 74A in the mountains.

The Asheville City Council will discuss the controversial I-26 connector at its next meeting.

The Buncombe Cultural Alliance hopes to create a new Asheville-wide arts collaboration.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools will vote to approve the new tenure plan after all.

Storing coal ash at the Charlotte-Douglas airport has been deemed better than the ponds and a plan for that will be presented to the Charlotte City Council today.

Charlotte’s plan for apartments to house those currently homeless has been proven effective by a new study.

Wilmington business owners and leaders are discussing a minimum wage hike. They are also discussing why government decision-making is slow and how to speed it up.

Fayetteville’s Crown Center will become the Crown Complex, has launched a new website and promoted staffers under its new private management, brought in by former managers Cumberland County.

Raleigh’s new parks plan has been released. In case you missed it above, Raleigh’s in the search for a new director of planning.  RDU Airport has extra acreage that airport leaders are seeking to develop into hotels and other real estate properties.

Durham’s East End Connector will start construction soon, after years of negotiations.

And finally, what The Economist thinks of our state government and our governor.

About Kristen Jeffers

I'm Kristen. Almost five years ago, I got tired of not seeing black women as nerded out about trains, better streets, riding bikes, walking not just out of necessity, tall buildings, old buildings and honestly a lot of other things. I was in grad school for community and economic development (ok, it’s actually an MPA), and I wanted to make sure people knew I existed and that I could help them do this thing called placemaking better. Five years later, I’m still doing that, although not from my hometown of Greensboro, NC, but from Kansas City, MO. I spend most of my time in Kansas City promoting better biking and walking infrastructure metro-wide with BikeWalk KC and the Kansas City B-cycle. But I also wrote a book A Black Urbanist (you can grab that over on the right) and sometimes I give speeches and help other communities tell their stories at design charrettes and public meetings. I’ve also written or appeared in all of the major “urbanist” publications, either as a subject or as a writer, as well as most of my hometown papers as subject or writer as well.