Tallahassee, Florida - September 19, 2011 -
The work of local businesses, citizens, a non-profit organization and city government to create a sense of place in the Midtown Area received statewide acclaim earlier this month when the American Planning Association's Florida Chapter gave the district an Award of Merit. The Midtown Placemaking Action Plan was recognized in the Grassroots Initiative category. The plan outlines the community-driven project backed by the City Commission's Placemaking initiative to “Create a Sense of Place.”
"When asked by the Midtown Merchant Association, area neighborhoods and the Knight Creative Community Institute (KCCI) to support opportunities to bring exciting changes to Midtown, the Tallahassee-Leon County Planning Department quickly responded and lent its expertise," said City Commissioner Nancy Miller. "This award acknowledges the efforts of the business leaders in Midtown supported by our staff and is something for which the entire community can be proud."
The award-winning plan was devised as part of an initiative to grow Tallahassee through an enhanced sense of place. The project began in early 2010 with the goal of defining targeted districts in the urban core of the city as up and coming neighborhoods primed for development. Identify Tallahassee, a KCCI catalyst group, established a community-wide grassroots initiative in support of Placemaking by bringing together residents, business owners, university students, local government officials and agency staff. Catalysts collaborated with graduate landscape architecture students at Florida A&M University’s School of Architecture to develop the Midtown Corridor Study and graduate students at Florida State University’s Department of Urban and Regional Planning to develop the Monroe Street Design and Safety Study. These efforts were the foundation of the Midtown Placemaking Action Plan developed in conjunction with the Tallahassee-Leon County Planning Department. A formal action plan was completed and presented to the City Commission in March 2011 and was adopted with funding allocated for implementation of priority projects.