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This area in Detroit is now America’s first 100% organic, self-sustainable neighborhood : The Hearty Soul

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***Community Development Series: Detroit Rising***

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Courtesy of Project for Public Spaces

          Placemaking–whether it is called that or not–is happening all over Detroit. People are coming together to make a difference in rebuilding their neighborhoods.  This first “urban agrihood” is the brain-child of the Michigan Urban Farming Institute and is providing fresh produce for the 2000 families living in a two-mile area around the farm. It is a major development both for Detroit and for the emerging urban farming movement.

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Source: This area in Detroit is now America’s first 100% organic, self-sustainable neighborhood : The Hearty Soul

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The Creative Apothecary Celebrates Creative Neighborhoods in Detroit!

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Five big ideas to better integrate nature into cities | Citiscope

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***Transforming Communities Series: Nature in the City***

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Courtesy of Dale Chihuly

          Integrating nature into the city is essential for a living, people-friendly community; there are many ways to accomplish this. Citiscope presents five important ideas in this article, with links to examples of what is happening in communities around the world. This is an important read for those concerned with countering climate change and making communities better places to live.

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Source: Five big ideas to better integrate nature into cities | Citiscope

Courtesy of Dale Chihuly

Courtesy of Dale Chihuly

The Creative Apothecary Believes in Integrating Nature into Communities!

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Playful City USA | KaBOOM!

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***Play Is Essential Series: Cities Supporting Play***

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Courtesy of Kaboom!

          All human development emerges from the interactions among playing, making, and knowing. This is the philosophical foundation for my book Shaping Lives, Transforming Communities: Creative Expression in the Dance of Life. KaBOOM! has been looking at and supporting play in communities for many years. Their annual award for playful cities is a useful gauge of how seriously communities take the importance of play. Is your community in this year’s list?

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Source: Playful City USA | KaBOOM!

Courtesy of Kaboom!

Courtesy of Kaboom!

The Creative Apothecary Celebrates the Work of KaBOOM! and Play for Children!

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Public Art Week — Strong Towns

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***Transforming Communities Series: Public Art Week***

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Courtesy of Barefoot Artists

          Strong Towns, a vital organization helping towns to develop from a foundation of designing for people, is doing an entire week of posts about public art and its role in shaping communities. This post includes the introduction to the series and direct links to the other essays in the series. There are some fascinating examples and good thinking here.

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Source: Public Art — Strong Towns

Courtesy of Lily Yeh and Barefoot Artists

Courtesy of design-dautore magazine

The Creative Apothecary Celebrates the Work of Strong Towns!

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Pittaki Street – Athens, Greece – Atlas Obscura

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***Transforming Communities Series: Placemaking in Athens, Greece***

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Courtesy of Little Sun

          I am a devoted fan of placemaking in communities and the placemaking movement around the world. The Project for Public Spaces is an organization that fosters this approach in making small, incremental, and doable transformations to make small areas of a community more people-friendly. Most communities get into placemaking through the ideas and actions of local people who see a need and fill it. Pittaki Street in Athens is a shining example of locals working together to make a dingy and dangerous street a hive of activity and enjoyment. Since this post is all about light, the featured images here are from Little Sun, the art form and solar energy model created by Olafur Eliasson.

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Source: Pittaki Street – Athens, Greece – Atlas Obscura

Courtesy of Little Sun

Courtesy of Little Sun

The Creative Apothecary Celebrates Placemaking in All Communities!

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Dandora Transformation League | tunabaDilisha

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***Transforming Communities: A Beacon of Hope in Nairobi***

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Courtesy of Dandora Transformation League

          True change must emerge from leadership at the local level. The Dandora Transformation League in the Dandora suburb of Nairobi, Kenya is empowering the local community to renew and transform their small world through creatively working together. It is a living example of how the power of “placemaking” works at its best. Today’s post brings you directly to their website and I encourage you to explore it in depth. I am considering this effort for inclusion in my “Beacons of Hope” resource guide.

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Source: Dandora Transformation | tunabaDilisha

Courtesy of Dandora Transformation League

Courtesy of Dandora Transformation League

The Creative Apothecary Supports Local change Through Placemaking!

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Greatest Hits: The Strong Towns Strength Test — Strong Towns

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***Community Development Series: Strong Towns***

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Courtesy of design-dautore magazine

          Strong Towns is an extraordinary organization that is growing in influence and scope. It is one of my “Beacons of Hope” organizations and will be featured in the forthcoming resource guide from the Living Through Creativity series. This post introduces you to their “Strong Towns Strength Test” and I hope all of you will look at your town through its perceptive lenses.

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Source: Greatest Hits: The Strong Towns Strength Test — Strong Towns

Courtesy of design-dautore magazine

Courtesy of design-dautore magazine

The Creative Apothecary Celebrates the Work of Strong Towns!

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Berea Farmers Market serves as small business incubator to grow local-food restaurants | Lexington Herald Leader

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***Community Development Series: Berea, Kentucky and Local Entrepreneurs***

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Courtesy of Traveler on the Backroads

          Berea, Kentucky is a hub for entrepreneurship and local development in that region of Appalachia. I am mapping the region, identifying and digging deeply into possible “Beacons of Hope” for my resource guide. This story from the Lexington Herald Leader introduces one part of the exciting work going on in the area. They truly exemplify a “grow your own” philosophy.

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Source: Berea Farmers Market serves as small business incubator to grow local-food restaurants | Lexington Herald Leader

Courtesy of Traveler on the Backroads

Courtesy of Traveler on the Backroads

The Creative Apothecary Celebrates Local Entrepreneurship in Berea!

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How Neighbors Turned Unused Buildings into a Thriving Community Hub by Christa Hillstrom — YES! Magazine

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***Community Development Series: Working Together in NE Minneapolis***

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          There is a simple answer to so many of the problems we are confronting: work together, where you are, with what is there and you will make a difference. The idea of the candle in the darkness, multiplied many times over, should be our defining metaphor. YES! Magazine brings us once again an inspiring and invigorating story about the development of the Northeast Investment Cooperative in Minneapolis. This idea has spread to other communities, but this was the first and spotlights the power of people working together.

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Source: How Neighbors Turned Unused Buildings into a Thriving Community Hub by Christa Hillstrom — YES! Magazine

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The Creative Apothecary Celebrates Neighbors Working to Build a Community!

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Island Institute

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***The Beacons of Hope Series: Island Institute in Rockland, Maine***

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Courtesy of East Boston Neighborhood Health Center

          In developing my “Beacons of Hope” list for the first of the Living Through Creativity resource guides, I have been looking particularly for what I call “connecting organizations.” These organizations have usually grown up locally out of local needs and expanded as those needs changed. The Island Institute in coastal Maine is doing extraordinary work not only in supporting local needs but also in sharing what they have learned with other communities. I hope you will explore their website in depth.

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Source: Island Institute

Courtesy of Stefan Fischer at Stonebalance

Courtesy of Monet’s Palate

The Creative Apothecary Celebrates the Work of the Island Institute!

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