Portland Seattle Civic Commons

Our executive director, Stephanie Phillips, recently traveled with Philadelphia Parks staff to the “Reminaging the Civic Commons” conference in the pacific northwest as part of our discovery and learning journey that will help shape the development of the future riverfront park in Bridesburg. This trip exposed us to what is happening with other public spaces across the country and served as a forum for idea sharing among similar organizations.

Some insights and takeaways from the trip :

·         Civic entrepreneurship and civic commons go hand-in-hand.

·         Investments in public space and transportation can drive private development.

·         The concept of a parks sequence. How can we consider civic assets as a sequence, with each playing a distinct role in the daily life of a neighborhood

·         Policies, such as a higher tax on lots used for parking cars rather than activated uses, spur new ideas and new uses.

·         TIF can be a tool for investment in public space and affordable housing.

 

Learn more about our learning journey on our dedicated page.