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Placemaking Project: ReImagine A Lot, Salem

The Massachusetts Smart Growth Alliance recognizes placemaking initiatives across the Commonwealth. This project is one of many that were featured at our 2013 conference. See other placemaking examples

The “ReImagine A Lot” dynamic participation project seeks to engage residents to imagine what an abandoned lot could be. The project consists of two parts that reinforce each other: a physical component that provides the space for civic-social events; in turn, these social events provide the workforce to create and maintain the physical component. Over the course of eight weeks, various stakeholders helped build a mural, a community bulletin board, and a suggestion board. The civic-cultural events included: the Point Neighborhood Association meeting in the open air, Recycling Presentation and Games and Community Barbecue with local band The Dejas. The project collected community supported suggestions for the permanent transformation of the space.

Contact: Claudia Paraschiv, Salem Public Space Project, salempublicspaceproject@gmail.com