The 1999 winners illustrate that placemaking occurs when local communities work together to create, recreate, and care for urban places and, in so doing, strengthen and empower themselves.

Commitment to Place: the 1999 Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence includes detailed case studies and lessons learned about the winning projects including:

  • Yerba Buena Gardens in Oakland, California
    A downtown cultural community integrating art, economic development, and social justice
  • Portland Public Market in Portland, Maine
    A space that facilitated the relationship between local farms and food producers and consumers
  • National AIDS Memorial Grove in San Francisco, California
    A living memorial to support community grieving, healing, and remembrance
  • ARTScorpsLA in Los Angeles, California
    A series of parks that revitalize and empower communities through creative placemaking
  • Parkside Preservation in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    Rehabilitation of historic Victorian mansions into low- and moderate-income housing

Lessons Learned themes include:

  • The Evolution of Place
  • Inclusive Placemaking
  • Commitment to Place
  • A Practical Idealism
  • Places for People, People for Places