Placemaking Newsletter - November 2018

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Placemaking Newsletter - November 2018

Placemaking Indiana’s monthly newsletter celebrates placemaking happening locally and nationally. We share placemaking trends and opportunities to inspire and support the work you do in your communities.


The Stabilization of “Middle” Neighborhoods

Middle neighborhoods are important assets to communities because they are often naturally affordable and diverse. But because they are neither thriving nor declining and tend to be home to a dwindling middle-income and an aging fixed-income population, they can be more susceptible to decline. Next City looks at programs to help these neighborhoods stay stabilized.


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The Way It Ought To Be

PreEnact Indy is a one day street festival in Indy’s Monon 16 Neighborhood. While it includes typical festival offerings the main idea is to pre-enact the neighborhood, or visualize the area “the way it ought to be.” There’s a focus on varied housing, education, community spaces, walkability, and transit opportunities for all residents. Most importantly, this pre-enacted village will honor and respect the local neighborhood’s culture and values, and is inclusive for all.

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Shop Small on November 24th

Shopping on Small Business Saturday supports local people and places. Small businesses help local entrepreneurs, keep dollars and jobs in your community, and contribute to sense of place with unique offerings not found elsewhere. So help your community and get shopping this November 24th !


Funding Opportunities

  • IHCDA’s CreatINg Places program matches grant dollars to raised community dollars for improvements in public spaces.
  • The National Park Service’s Save America’s Treasures program is offering grants for preservation and/or conservation for nationally significant historic collections and properties. Due date is December 3, 2018.

  • The Indiana Office of Tourism Development offers grants to local governments and non-profits for tourism promotion and development. Call for applications begins in September and applications are due December 3, 2018.
  • The Summer Youth Program Fund is accepting applications to help fund summer youth programs that primarily serve youth who are Marion County residents. Applications due December 3, 2018.

  • The Indiana Arts Commission’s Regional Arts Partners work alongside the IAC to promote and expand participation in arts in Indiana. Letters of Intent to apply are being accepted until December 3, 2018.
  • EPA's People, Prosperity and the Planet is open to teams of college students working to design innovative projects to create sustainable, tangible changes in their communities. Phase I (“proof of concept”) applications are due December 11, 2018.

  • The Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority is offering grants to improve existing housing stock in Indiana for low and moderate income persons. Applications are due December 17, 2018.

  • The Walmart Foundation is providing grants for community development projects for the benefit of low income populations. Application are due on December 31, 2018.  
  • The Indiana Arts Commission is accepting applications for its On Ramp funding opportunity for creative entrepreneurs and artists. Application deadline is January 17, 2019.
  • The National Endowment for the Arts Big Read program helps support community reading programs. Applications are due January 24, 2019.
  • The Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs offers grants for the demolition of blighted properties. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Webinars and Conferences

Save the dates for these 2019 conferences: 

- Main Street Now Conference March 25-27 in Seattle
Preserving Historic Places Conference April 9-12 in Evansville, IN
- American Planning Association April 13-16 in San Francisco
- People & Places April 15-17 near Washington, D.C.
Indiana Chapter of the American Planning Association May 10 in Wabash, IN
Congress for New Urbanism June 12-15 in Louisville
The National Recreation and Park Association September 24-26, 2019 in Baltimore, MD
Creative Placemaking Summit September 26, 2019 in Lansing, MI

Resources, Guides and Case Studies

  • 85% of Americans consider high-quality park and rec amenities important factors when choosing a new place to live. Find other key findings about how Americans engage with parks in the latest annual survey results from the National Recreation and Park Association.

  • A step-by-step guide on conducting a Value Per Acre Analysis to visualize how traditional development practices can be more valuable than contemporary auto-oriented development practices.

Read, Listen, Watch

  • Many American cities are experiencing an unprecedented revival. However, they are also becoming more unequal and segregated. The Divided City explores the history, research, and data into the changes of some industrial cities while placing them in the larger economic, social, and political context to offer strategies that focus on people’s needs.

  • Strong Towns is a media organization whose mission supports development that allows cities, towns, and neighborhoods to become strong. A recent podcast discusses Carmel, Indiana’s ambitious plans for a high-quality built environment that is, arguably, a New Urbanist alternative to traditional suburbia.

  • The Little Pink House tells the story about a town that wanted to transfer homeowners’ properties to a private company in order to promote regeneration of the town and the homeowners who disagreed. Homeowners sued and in 2005 the Supreme Court heard the Kelo V. New London case. The case had lasting implications for cities and local officials around the entire country.

Placemaking in the News


Carmen Lethig

Contact me with ideas, comments, or questions:

Carmen Lethig, IHCDA Placemaking Manager at or 317.234.6290. If your agency has a new staff member who wishes to receive this newsletter, please e-mail