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A bench on Fourth Street Southwest offers small-scale potential for placemaking, or the development of public spaces that welcome and engage people. Tribune photo by Anne Polta

‘Placemaking’: Helping downtown districts reclaim vitality


WILLMAR — For a low-income neighborhood in Queens, New York City, placemaking resulted in lively retail development that included the addition of a restaurant and art gallery.

On the Nicollet Mall in downtown Minneapolis, it involved movable outdoor chairs, a pingpong table and bocce ball court.

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Anne Polta

Anne Polta covers health care, business/economic development and general assignment. Her HealthBeat blog can be found at Follow her on Twitter at @AnnePolta.

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