Proud Places is a network of professionals focused on improving the future of our places through tangible, no bullshit thoughts and practices.
We believe creating a sense of pride is the most critical part in creating a sense of place.
Where there is pride, there is place.
Want a better relationship between citizens and government? Become a city that takes pride in its people. Want a more vibrant downtown? Create pride before business plans. Want to attract and retain talent? Become a place where people say, “I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.”
Everything that makes a person proud of a place, from plants on the sidewalks to the policies in City Hall, begins with straight-forward and transparent front porch activism that can be adopted by anyone.
To help towns and cities cultivate this essential sense of pride, Proud Places gathers some of the best thinkers and creators in urbanism together to add their views to a single site.
From marketing to economic development to historical preservation, our contributor’s collective expertise is distilled into powerful ideas and effective ways to implement them. These are not your standard professionals who value playing it safe above getting shit done.
Not rocking the boat doesn’t help our cities.
Great ideas drowning in jargon can’t change the world.
The efforts we’re putting forth here at Proud Places is meant to be an easy access resource, both in terms of content and context, but also in terms of human resource. The contributors and partners we’ve pulled together and offer their ideas and expertise here for free, but are also available with public speaking, consultation, and implementation services.
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