The "small change" of social capital is the first thing to focus on when trying to create Healthy Places in our cities and towns.
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How "Small Change" Leads to Big Change

The idea that the built environment has a big impact on public health has gone from marginal to mainstream in the past few years. But if we want to see people challenging the way that their places are made on a large scale, we must focus first on building social capital. Jane Jacobs wrote that a city's wealth of public life grows out of the "small change" of casual interactions and friendly encounters. Tackling a challenge as enormous as the public health problems presented by suburban-style development patterns will require a lot of public will.

PPS launched the Healthy Places Program last year to help build this kind of social capital and awareness of issues surrounding public health and public space. Our new feature article takes a look at the progress made since then, and at how people who want to get involved in making their communities happier, healthier Places can take action. We also look forward to September's Pro Walk / Pro Bike: "Pro Place" and 8th International Public Markets Conference, which will explore these issues in depth. Click here to read the article now!

Meet Citizen Placemaker Nina Simon

For our second Citizen Placemaker interview, we chat with the director of the Museum of Art and History in Santa Cruz about her team's efforts to turn  theis museum's lobby into a welcoming community hub.

Going Multi-Modal in the "Texas of the North"

In the fossil fuel boom town of Red Deer, Alberta, people are ready to re-think their wide, auto-centric streets. Gary Toth reports on how Red Deer is catching on to the importance of varied Street Typologies.

The Cure for Planning Fatigue is Action

Detroiters are taking action to re-build their neighborhoods. We've seen this first-hand through our work with several community-led farmers markets, and are excited by the potential of markets to help revitialize the Motor City.

'Placemaking in a Changing Climate' Workshop

On Monday, June 25th, PPS's Phil Myrick will co-lead a workshop in Beacon, New York, with the ASLA's Denisha Williams and Sustainable Hudson Valley's Melissa Everett. Register in advance!

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