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Placemaking Workshop

Updated: Oct 5, 2018

The Musicant Group workshop hosted last week by Indiana Main Street and OCRA was educational and so much fun! In addition to meeting others from around Indiana, we also met and worked with local folks interested in creating inviting and useful spaces where people want to be.

Follow the images below to see the Placemaking process.

Learning the processes of revitalizing downtown areas.

Observing and analyzing the downtown pathways followed by selecting the three alleys for the transformative process.

With the help of many generous sponsors & partners, we were able to stage the alleys with a variety of items!

Transformation #1: $10 fix. Cleaning, painting, pulling weeds, picking up cigarette butts, etc.

Transformation #2: $1,000 fix. Includes plants, chairs, tables, decor, lighting, banners, wayfinding, etc.

Transformation #3: $10,000 fix. Includes decorative pavers, permanent lighting, etc.

At each level of transformation, we were able to make a very noticeable change lasting positive impression on individuals walking by, stopping in to provide input, and smiling. The perfect example of the workshop success was after the workshop attendees left, the public enjoyed the space on their own.

Let us know! What would you like to see more of downtown?

Email us @ info@downtownbloomington.com

"It was refreshing to see the streets and alleys of Bloomington from the eyes of other community leaders and to hear their ideas for urban problem-solving. I take great pride in Bloomington, but there are always improvements to make in both aesthetics and functionality of our vibrant downtown." - Susan Sandberg, Bloomington City Council

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