"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.

Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has"

Margaret Mead, Anthropologist
(used with permission)

"If you don't like the news .... go out and make some of your own !!"

Wes "Scoop" Nisker, Newscaster


Government is a slow and tedious process. While it often includes citizen and neighborhood involvement, non-governmental, private organizations have created movements and interesting groups which can create positive change in our cities and towns.

I am fascinated by the way groups are created and how they influence public decision making. This blog merely recognizes them and forwards the description of these groups from their own websites.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Urban Open Space Award

Location: North America

Website: www.uli.org/programs/awards-competitions/urban-open-space-award

Urban Open Space Award celebrates and promotes vibrant, successful urban open spaces by annually recognizing and rewarding an outstanding example of a public destination that has enriched and revitalized its surrounding community.

The award was created through the generosity of Amanda M. Burden, New York City Planning Commissioner and 2009 laureate of the J.C. Nichols Prize for Visionaries in Urban Development,

ULI J. C. Nichols Prize for Visionaries in Urban Development,
In 2011 the Kresge Foundation, MetLife Foundation, and the ULI Foundation joined forces to continue the ULI Urban Open Space Award through 2014.

The winner of the ULI Urban Open Space Award receives a commemorative plaque and is recognized in an awards ceremony held in conjunction with ULI’s Fall Meeting.

A $10,000 cash prize is awarded to the individual or organization most responsible for the creation of the winning open space project. Further recognition includes press releases and announcements in Urban Land magazine and on ULI.org.

Eligible projects must:

- Be located in an urbanized area in North America, - Have been open to the public at least one year and no more than 15 years, - Be predominantly outdoors and inviting to the public, - Be a lively gathering space, providing abundant and varied seating, sun and shade, trees and plantings with attractions and features that offer many different ways for visitors to enjoy the space, - Be used intensively on a daily basis, and act as a destination for a broad spectrum of users throughout the year, - Have a positive economic impact on its surroundings, Promote physical, social, and economic health of the larger community, and - Provide lessons, strategies, and techniques that can be used or adapted in other communities.

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