Municipally supported placemaking: Understanding challenges and factors for success in B.C. cities
The purpose of this research is to understand what factors lead to successful municipally supported placemaking initiatives. The research identifies existing barriers and current initiatives through a series of semi-structured interviews with city staff and citizen placemakers in two B.C. municipalities: Victoria and Colwood. A comparison of the two locations will uncover how placemaking programs can evolve over time. The hope is that this research will provide inspiration to communities who would like to improve their public spaces and increase civic participation through the adoption of placemaking initiatives supported through planning policy and funding opportunities. The analysis will determine if and how policy, funding models, programs and other factors enable collaborative placemaking and provide a set of considerations for planners who are interested in supporting placemaking initiatives in their community.