2017 Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence

The 2017 medalists provide powerful examples of how local leadership and investment in urban infrastructure build and strengthen communities, catalyze economic development, and inspire civic pride.

Investing in Urban Infrastructure: the 2017 Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence includes detailed case studies and lessons learned about the winning projects including:

  • SteelStacks Arts & Cultural Campus in Bethlehem, PA
    Transformation of a former steel plant into a mixed-use cultural and entertainment district
  • Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building in Boston, MA
    A community-oriented, mixed-use development integrating public school headquarters, transit, meeting space, and local retail
  • Chicago Riverwalk Phases 2 & 3 in Chicago, IL
    Reclaimed waterfront that transforms the river into Chicago’s next great recreational park
  • Iberville Offsite Rehabs I & II in New Orleans, LA
    The rehabilitation of 26 scattered-site historic houses into 46 homes for low-income families
  • La Kretz Innovation Campus + Arts District Park in Los Angeles, CA
    Cleantech incubator, public utility sustainable energy education center, and neighborhood park

Lessons Learned themes include:

  • Civic vision
  • Local government leadership
  • Public investment and leveraging of private funds
  • Civic aspiration and ambition
  • Embracing and engaging community
  • Restoring and renewing places and communities