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We're Rolling!

The #PlacemakingTrain has left the station: last week, Ryan Smolar of PlacemakingUS departed from Delray Beach, Florida up to Jacksonville and into Savannah, Georgia. Yesterday, Ethan Kent of PlacemakingX hopped the midnight train to Georgia at NYC's Moynihan Station.
The two met-up today in Atlanta and begin the Placemaking Train Trip tomorrow! Join us tonight in Atlanta at a mixer hosted with our partners, International Society for Urban Health. They're planning their international health conference here in November.
Trip Highlights So Far
Savannah, with its sultry forest of mossy oaks, left a lasting impression as a city within a forest. We were charmed by its friendly and talkative locals, antebellum architecture, Oglethorpe's park squares, and the low country boil, with simmered fresh-caught shrimp. This is a place we can't wait to take you and we'll definitely have to have a Placemaking Weekend here someday!
We've been visiting Jacksonville, Florida every 6 months and seeing incredible things happening there under the guidance of its hyper-connected community network of placemakers. Highlights of this trip included visiting the Eastside Legacy Business Council to see the progress the black business corridor is making with beautification projects. It was good timing to arrive during Downtown Vision Inc's incredible River Jams series which featured a Shaggy reggae concert on The Landing.
We had a great lunch with Matthew Clark and his Colliers Dream Team who help seed a lot of exciting food business concepts in JAX. They'll be helping friends at Future of Cities with their exciting Phoenix Arts District revitalization.

Placemakers: Ride the Rails to Revitalization with US
If you are a placemaker looking to gain more experience, we welcome you to contact us to join us on this trip as a participant and to learn more about the placemaking strategies being discussed and implemented.

Funders: Full Steam Ahead with Your Assistance
​We invite funders and donors to support our mission to bring placemaking expertise to rural America and empower BIPOC and student placemakers to come with us by financing their trip. Your gift to our Travel Fund will make this journey possible and help us catalyze thriving, equitable communities across the country.

Let's Meetup After?

Can't catch the train? Let's converge at one of these upcoming events/festivals or let us know what's happening in your neck of the woods!

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