Placemaking Projects


Eagle Street Beach Party in North Adams, July 2013

Boston: Greenway Carousel, Rose Kennedy Greenway.  On Labor Day weekend, after three years of planning, design, fabrication and installation, the one-of-a-kind Greenway Carousel opened to the public. This project combines vibrant horticulture, seating, shade and other site amenities with a playful and dynamic attraction and has transformed an underutilized plaza and ancillary open space into a hub of activity.”,PDF

Boston: Community Path Extension Along the Green Line Extension. The mission of the Friends of the Community Path is to link the Minuteman Bikeway and Charles River Path networks, by extending the Community Path along the future Green Line Extension. This 2-mile multimodal Community Path Extension (CPX) will result in ~48 miles of continuous path network through 11 Boston Metro cities and towns, with multi-modal connections to the Green Line Extension and Red Line.”,PDF

Pittsfield: First Street Common Public Park.Located in the heart of the downtown Pittsfield – and within a designated Commonwealth Urban Center Growth District – the First Street Common public park is the largest and most critical open space/recreational park area in the center city.”,PDF

Boston: Parklet Program. On September 12, 2013, local businesses and residents attended a ribbon-cutting of Boston’s newest Parklet with Commissioner Thomas J. Tinlin in Mission Hill. Boston’s Parklet pilot has started this fall in the Mission Hill and Jamaica Plain neighborhoods, and will be expanded to Allston and Fort Point this spring.”,PDF

Cambridge: Parking Day. PARK(ing) Day aims to encourage the creative re-use of parking spaces in an attempt to demonstrate just how much space cars take up, and what could be programmed in their place. “, PDF

Lexington: Lexington Parklet. The Town of Lexington installed Massachusetts’s first public “parklet” in front of 1720 Massachusetts Avenue in Lexington Center earlier in 2013. The parklet converted two vehicle parking spaces into bike parking for approximately 20 bikes and outdoor seating for up to 15 people.”,PDF

Brockton: City of Champions: A Portrait of Brockton.  City of Champions: A Portrait of Brockton was a public, walkable installation of photographs in Brockton’s downtown core, in place for one year until September of 2012. “,PDF

New Bedford: AHA! Nights. The AHA! mission is a cooperative venture dedicated to invigorating the downtown cultural scene and has remained so since the first AHA! night in July, 1999.”,PDF

Newburyport: Waterfront Master Plan. This master plan was completed for the Newburyport Redevelopment Authority (NRA), an agency that owns 4.2 acres of waterfront land surrounding a public park in the town’s downtown commercial district. “,PDF

Hyannis: HyArts Cultural District. The Town, with business and cultural partners, invested in infrastructure, programming and marketing for the downtown, now the state-designated Hyannis HyArts Cultural District. “,PDF

Somerville: Davis Square Master Plan. As part of the Somerville by Design effort, Principle Group has been working with the city to create a community led 30 year master plan for Davis Square. This effort has resulted in positive community engagement in the plan and a coordinated process by government to create an implementation plan that has both three months objectives and 30 year goals.”,PDF

Pittsfield: Complete Streets Transformation. In 2005, the City of Pittsfield, through the leadership of the Department of Community Development and the Department of Public Works, prepared a Downtown Streetscape Master Plan for South and North Streets which are located within the central business district of downtown Pittsfield.”,PDF

Dorchester: Upham’s Corner ArtPlace Initiative. Uphams Corner ArtPlace, coordinated by a collaborative partnership of arts and community development organizations, with support of the Boston Foundation, engages local residents, artists and businesses to create a dynamic, shared vision for the neighborhood.”,PDF

Boston: Circle the City Boston. Circle The City Boston is a community-building Open Streets initiative that temporarily transforms our streets into places for people, promoting active lifestyles, family fun, local arts and culture, and health and wellness. “,PDF

North Adams: Eagle Street Beach Party. Each year in North Adams on the second Friday in July more than 250,000 pounds of sand, donated by Specialty Minerals and delivered by the City of North Adams, is spread, curb to curb, the entire length of Eagle Street. “,PDF

Gloucester: HarborWalk. The HarborWalk is a free, self-guided walking trail with story moments and public space throughout downtown, and designed with interactive new and traditional media as well as space for public programming.”,PDF

Roxbury: Bartlett Yard. Bartlett Yard is the site of the former MBTA Bartlett Bus Yard and the future home of Bartlett Place, a major new residential and retail development in Roxbury. “,PDF

Salem, ReImagine A Lot. 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. “,PDF