People shop and hang out at a night market in central Kathmandu, Nepal, May 2014. (Dibrova/Shutterstock)

Citiscope: Placemaking and the promise of the New Urban Agenda

The priority given to place and public space in the New Urban Agenda, an international agreement on cities that will be finalized at the Habitat III conference in Quito, Ecuador this week, marks an important shift for the global development community. But this document is still playing catch-up to how communities and placemakers are mobilizing on this issue.

City of Toronto staff believed to be working in one of the Neighborhood Planning Offices in the early 1970s. | City of Toronto Archives, Series 1465, File 313, Item 6.

PPS Blog: Place Governance through Neighborhood Planning Offices

As a Torontonian at heart, I’m always looking for opportunities to bring the stories of Toronto’s amazing accomplishments in city building to a broader audience. So in this article I drill down on the city’s Neighborhood Planning Offices, storefront workspaces that aimed to make city planning more accountable, convenient, accessible and responsive to communities.

Cookstown in Innisfil, Ontario

PPS Blog: How Breaking Down Government Silos Empowers Placemaking

After getting a hot tip from one of our project staff at PPS, I followed up with some city staff in Innisfil, Ontario about their efforts to reform their governance structure and democratize their planning process. Head on over to the PPS blog to read the full article!