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Better Block Foundation

July 08, 2019

Kicking Off Richardson’s Innovation District with a Pop Up

Seeing Duck Creek activated through a pop-up park provided a visual sense of opportunity for the area, encouraging more creative and people-oriented development for the corridor’s future. The City of Richardson is currently working on amending zoning entitlements in the Innovation District to promote the type of growth they foresee.

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Story Maps

July 08, 2019

Lunch Club: Where to eat in Callowhill and Chinatown

Who’s hungry? This #MappyMonday, we decided to have some fun and map our favorite places to grab lunch (and dessert) in the Callowhill / Chinatown neighborhoods near our office. After 13 years in the same spot, we’d like to think we’ve tried it all!

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City of Richardson

June 26, 2019

Richardson Earns Regional Development Excellence Award for Collins/Arapaho Transit-Oriented Development and Innovation District Study

Our Collins / Arapaho Transit-Oriented Development and Innovation District Plan received a Celebrating Leadership in Development Excellence (CLIDE) Award! Shout out to Richardson Redevelopment for their leadership and Ninigret Partners and BIG RED DOG ENGINEERING for their work on the plan.

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WESA 90.5 FM

June 14, 2019

Uptown Park Is City's First With Free WiFi, Solar Charging Stations

Pittsburgh’s Tustin Park in Uptown Pittsburgh has gotten new upgrades that are part of implementing our EcoInnovation District Plan, including charging stations and new artistic elements incorporating community ideas. Kudos, PGH City Planning EvolveEA Meta Mesh Wireless Communities HackPittsburgh!

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Knight Foundation

May 20, 2019

The power of collaboration: working together for a more vibrant Macon

Thousands of residents engaged in the planning process ✅ Place-based economic development ✅ 80% of strategies implemented ✅ Check out this write up by Knight Foundation about the impact of our work and others in Macon, Georgia, in the past few years. We are so excited to continue our work in Macon, Georgia, with the Macon Action Plan Refresh: the latest update to the Macon Action Plan!

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WDEL 101.7 FM

May 14, 2019

Safety is big part of completed Wilmington comprehensive plan

Last week, City of Wilmington, Delaware released Wilmington 2028, their new draft plan. We had such a great time working with the people of Wilmington to help envision the future they want and recommend actions to get there!

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Akron Beacon Journal /

May 01, 2019

Small wins bring big change to Akron

So great to see our work with Reimagining the Civic Commons / Akron Civic Commons highlighted. We aim for small actions that have big impacts in communities.

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Reimagining the Civic Commons

April 18, 2019

We’re measuring the impact of investments in public places. Here’s what we’ve learned.

How do you measure the value a park has on a neighborhood? From a gathering place, to increasing property values, to improved air quality, and more, we worked with Reimagining the Civic Commons and City Observatory to create tools to capture the social impacts of civic spaces like parks. The four key outcomes we looked at are civic engagement, mixing of incomes and backgrounds, environmental sustainability, and attracting neighborhood investment. Read more about the real impact of a place here

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WHYY / PlanPhilly

April 01, 2019

Philadelphia seeks to heal old Eastwick wound with a "village in the city"

"The study released on Monday envisions Eastwick as a 'village in the city' that balances development and economic growth around a Main Street, while preserving open space for flood mitigation," writes PlanPhilly/WHYY. We are so glad to be on the team of consultants on this project. Check out this article about our work in Philly's Eastwick neighborhood!

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Aaron Renn Podcast

January 23, 2019

Interface Principal Scott Page talks Economic Development with Aaron Renn and Kevin Hively

What is economic development? Kevin Hively, Scott Page, and Aaron Renn discuss this and much more, including why cities need to look beyond just tech, the importance of growing your own companies, the three people ever community has to have, the future of the "three F's" (food, fashion, furniture), the need for the right space at the right price, the role of tourism and more.

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