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Placemaking through Deep Cultural Mapping: The Where is Here? Project

Nicole L. Vaugeois, Sunny Rosser, Sharon Karsten, Alanna Williams, Pam Shaw, Vancouver Island University, Canada.


One of the most visible avenues used by small cities to retain competitiveness can be seen in the attempts to revitalize their downtown areas to create places and spaces enjoyed and valued by residents and visitors. Formerly recognized as the heart or centre of small cities, many downtown areas have suffered due to urban sprawl and a loss of connectedness or familiarity among new residents. While efforts to address downtown revitalization are evident such as the creation of public spaces, events and support for small businesses, there remains a need to understand if, and how, residents in small cities value their downtown areas.


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