Center Work | Designing and Programming for the Public Realm

This area focuses on community cultural and social seams: public places that support diverse communities, great streets, and the role of the arts in community development.



In recent years, there has been growing interest in the arts, culture, and community revitalization among city planners, policy makers, funders, and scholars from a range of disciplines. A number of scholars have argued that the arts are correlated to gentrification ¬the displacement of lower-income residents in urban neighborhoods caused by increases in rent. 
While the city undergoes its formal General Plan update process, led by Professor John Landis in Fall 2006, a studio of graduate students in UC Berkeley's Department of City and Regional Planning considered questions and possibilities for the consultants, city government officials and General Plan Advisory Committee. (This work cross-links with capacity building in Revitalizing Neighborhoods.)