“Place” has become a strategic organizing principle for stakeholders to plan, develop, invest, curate and empower communities in cities. Place is leveraged as the common catalyst for groups of stakeholders to align their interdisciplinary efforts to strengthen economies, enhance quality of life, and create socially inclusive communities.
Stakeholder-driven efforts to improve a common locale is now widely accepted as the process of “placemaking”. Whether improving a single street corner, a plaza, park, or street, or advancing the livability of a single district such as a downtown, midtown uptown, neighborhood, innovation districts, university districts, or suburban town center; collectively communities are beginning to harvest the benefits of place-making in terms of creating economic and social capital. Indeed, these practices and associated knowledge are transcending volunteer efforts and evolving into a well-funded set of professionally-led activities.
Through the Place Leadership Project, the Georgetown University Urban and Regional Planning program seeks to engage with regional professionals at the forefront of this quickly evolving field. By regularly convening place-making stakeholders, Georgetown hopes to establish a network of professional practice which will continue to position the Washington, D.C. region as an international leader in place management.