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Place Summit is a working meeting of driven individuals proactively working to improve the future of America’s cities, towns and countryside.

Our nation has the capacity to rise up from the underutilized parking lots and failing infrastructure to thrive again as a country filled with natural beauty, productive lands and inspirational cities. As we face this time of enormous economic transition, the need for a countrywide vision — a path for America to become a healthier and wealthier society — is apparent. The United States was founded on a wide open landscape. Today, we find ourselves pioneers once again, but instead of westward expansion, our great opportunity will be found by capturing the enormous inherent value trapped in our existing places.

We need to create a new continental development model for the United States.

Just as with western expansion, industrialization of our cities or the post- WW II suburbanization, this new model must harness the pioneering American spirit and build on our commitment to opportunity, prosperity and freedom for all. Our next development model must focus on creating value throughout our existing cities, towns and regions. The time is at hand to develop the next comprehensive design and policy framework for our economy that is once again based on placemaking.

In 2010, a small group of planners, designers, architects, lawyers, developers and urbanists started an annual working weekend to focus on the future of America’s cities, towns and countryside. A central project has emerged out of many long nights of debate. The brief of the ideas we have begun to target as the next American Urbanism project can be downloaded here. Tactical Urbanism has been the most notable of these efforts thus far that have spun out of the Place Summit meetings.

Your experience and knowledge is needed to help sharpen our movement’s focus for the next 20 years of work.


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