Take an inventory of what you have.

All communities have assets when it comes to placemaking. Traditional downtowns with historic buildings, a river running through town, and/or dense neighborhoods are all examples of existing physical assets communities already have for placemaking. Main Street or Downtown Development organizations, Tax Increment Financing districts, and form-based codes are all examples of organizational or financing assets that can used in placemaking. A community doesn’t start at the bottom. They all have something. Find what that something – or somethings – is or are and start there. The first unofficial step in placemaking is taking care of those placemaking assets you already have.

Want to know what placemaking assets are?