Mission Statement

Our Mission
We are a non-partisan, citizen-based network mobilized to promote the revitalization of our community by learning and building upon the best practices of other successful community models. We hope to inspire fellow residents, local businesses and our elected officials by partnering with them to creatively seek new solutions through Arts-Based Community Development and Creative Placemaking. Diversity, equity, and inclusion are at the core of who we are. We know that having varied perspectives helps generate better ideas in seeking these solutions in an increasingly diverse world.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Win $5,000 for your nonprofit organization by entering SJCA's ArtsTank: a South Jersey creative placemaking competition! The challenge is for South Jersey towns and municipalities to engage their communities through a creative placemaking proposal built on arts, history, and culture. The top 5 finalists will compete by making presentations to the creative placemaking experts or “sharks,” for the grand prize on May 29th!

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

How Façade Improvement Programs Can Benefit Your Community

Façade improvement programs are incentive programs created to encourage property owners and businesses to improve the exterior appearance of their buildings and storefronts. They focus on either commercial or residential properties in historic or non-historic areas and provide financial incentives such as a matching grant or loan, a tax incentive, and design assistance.
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Sunday, February 3, 2019

Case study: Landscape transforms business corridor

King of Prussia (KOP) Business Improvement District (BID) hired Ground Reconsidered to design the new linear park along First Avenue, transforming underutilized lawn areas in front of office buildings into a cohesive, continuous, active and picturesque amenity. The demonstration linear park at 650 Park Avenue, completed in May 2017, serves as a catalyst for modernizing the entire corridor with a multi-use trail, horticulturally rich planting, solar-powered pedestrian lighting and programmed spaces. The park will unify multiple properties and provide a place for employees, residents, and visitors to meet, play and work. Designs for the full Linear Park are in development with construction slated for 2018.

KOP BID also hired Ground Reconsidered to transform barren traffic islands into lushly planted medians bringing year-round interest to these overlooked spaces, providing traffic calming and a reduction in littering. The firm’s design includes a plant palette tolerant of harsh, dry and seasonally salted conditions, comprised of grasses, perennials, shrubs, groundcovers as well as trees.