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Can a Good Sense of Place Lead to Actual Cents?

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A fountain in downtown Frederick. Credit: Creative Commons / DougtoneSeptember 30, 2013

“A community is the mental and spiritual condition of knowing that the place is shared, and that the people who share the place define and limit the possibilities of each other's lives.”

Novelist, poet, and farmer Wendell Berry helped create the idea of “placemaking,” or using a place’s natural and unique assets to promote residents’ health and well-being.  But can a good sense of place…lead to more cents in your pocket?  That’s the question being asked at the fall conference at the Maryland Economic Development Association in Frederick. 

Sheilah talks with two of the people who will be at the conference: Ed McMahon, Senior Resident Fellow at the Urban Land Institute.  He’s studied place making, and lives in Montgomery County.  She also talks with Richard Griffin, the Director of Economic Development for the city of Frederick, which is known for embracing placemaking. 

Details about the conference here.


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