Back in late June, I wrote about a pretty cool contest taking place in the Chicagoland area involving Placemaking.
Placemaking is a community-based approach to planning, designing and managing great public places. Placemakers challenge us to confront vacant lots and empty storefronts, instead of turning our heads from the fenced off, boarded up eyesores in so many of our communities – or passively waiting for investors and developers to feel comfortable in our neighborhoods again.
The “Space in Between” contest, which recognizes the most creative transformations of vacant lots and buildings into vibrant community places and between Sept. 10 and Oct. 5, 2012, it’s time for the public to vote on their favorite, at PlacemakingChicago.com.
Three winners will be selected: two by Placemaking Chicago’s Review Panel, and one by public votes online at PlacemakingChicago.com. Between now and Oct. 5, 2012, 11:59 p.m. CDT, go to PlacemakingChicago.com to vote for your favorite entry from among the 40-plus submissions from people who temporarily turned a place that was forgotten, ignored, vacant, transitional, blighted or misused into a community asset.
Winners will receive cash prizes and the chance to tell the story of their favorite temporary use of a public place at an awards ceremony on Nov. 1, 2012. Plus, they will have the opportunity to campaign with Groupon Grassroots to expand or extend their Placemaking project.
For more background on the value of temporarily repurposing vacant space, read Marisa Novara's, MPC Placemaking project manager, post on MPC's blog, The Connector, Putting Vacant Space to Use, In the Meantime, and visit PlacemakingChicago.com for additional information.