Community Progress Blog

#LoveThatLot – Help Tell America’s Big Revitalization Story, Score National Exposure

Written by on February 14, 2020

#ValentinesDay six years ago was just the start. For six years, you’ve shared #LoveThatLot stories of your revitalization wins that have turned vacant lots and homes into beautiful additions to your community. We can’t say thank you enough and how excited we are about your work… so excited that one day or month wasn’t enough.…


Problem to Purpose: 10-Week Safety Turnaround through Public Art

Written by on February 4, 2020

Massachusetts Placemaking Lighting Display’s Downtown Impact The eerie feeling of a dark alley and dim-lit underpass isn’t just a feeling. A recent New York City study showed that increased lighting can reduce crime by as much as 39 percent. Also, when an area is seen as the “dark” side of town, that physical impression can impact neighborhood…


Problem to Purpose: Three Oakland Projects Fight Community Challenges through Art

Written by on January 15, 2020

Pop-up Library, Traffic-Injury Prevention, and Problem Properties Conversion with Creative Placemaking There’s an old adage, “money’s the answer, now what’s the question.” Sixty-five percent of neighborhood changemakers not only agree, but say funding is the largest hurdle to leveraging Creative Placemaking to fight vacancy and community challenges in their neighborhood. Three artist-resident collaborations from Design…