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The Uncommon Commons

New ways to reconnect, reimagine, & respond in a new reality

A “commons” is typically thought of as a physical gathering place for the community to engage and interact, but how do we accomplish these things when our ability to gather physically is compromised?  How do we continue this concept of a “commons”, in an uncommon time?

The Division of Planning is focusing our efforts on producing digital and virtual materials that can be accessed from anywhere, to further Imagine Lexington’s public outreach mission.  These will feature a host of evolving tools that are meant to respond to the real-time needs of our community, including but not limited to:

  • Informational videos
  • Interactive webinars
  • Published online materials
  • Virtual walking tours

We know this is a challenging time, and the Division of Planning is committed to listening.  We will continue to provide educational materials to make our process as open, transparent, and effective as it can be as we move forward together.

Mornings with Planning - Interactive Webinars

August's discussion on Wednesday, August 4, 9-10 a.m. will focus on placemaking and placekeeping. More than just promoting better urban design, placemaking facilitates creative patterns of use, paying particular attention to the physical, cultrual, and social identities that define a place and support its ongoing evolution. Related, but distinct, is the act of placekeeping, which is the active care and maintenance of a place and its social fabric by the people who live and work there. It is not just preserving buildings but keeping the cultural memories associated with a locale alive, while supporting the ability of local people to maintain their ways of life as they choose. 

Join our expert panelists - 

  • Ryan Holmes, AICP, Principal, EHI Consultants
  • Justin Kirchner, MPA, Director of Homeownership, Lexington Community Land Trust
  • Samantha Castro, AICP, Senior Planner, LFUCG Division of Planning
  • Lauren Weaver, GISP, Senior Planner, LFUCG Division of Planning (moderator)
  • Other panelist to be announced

Register now!

Informational Videos (COMING SOON)

Accela Citizen Portal - The Basics (upcoming)
Accela Citizen Portal - Applications (upcoming)

Child running in park - Franzetti
Porch Placemaking Week
Bike and parked cars