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An Algorithm for Creating Enduring Places

An Algorithm for Creating Enduring Places

The Netherlands is a country with a long history of building compact, carfree places. A famous example is the canal village of Geithorn, but most of the old town centers and villages across the country also qualify.  Typical carfree lane in a Netherlands town center. When I first arrived here a decade ago, I stood at a tiny street in Amsterdam watching the city flow in front of me. I saw how...

Small Business Series #1: Defining Small

Small Business Series #1: Defining Small

Every political stump speech, up and down the ballot and across the aisles, likely contains the refrains: “small business is the lifeblood of this nation” and “there’s nothing more important than supporting our small businesses.”  You can practically see...

Are we all Clueless?

Are we all Clueless?

We’re obsessed with attraction. Cities, regional governments, and states spend a lot of time and resources working to attract companies and developers to invest in the communities they represent. Economic developers fly off to trade shows and tell manufacturers...

Made-in Brands For Your City

Made-in Brands For Your City

Developing a Made-in brand for your community At CivicBrand we’re huge fans of made-in brands and have developed several for our clients. Developing a made-in brand for your community has numerous benefits and can provide a boost to both...

Evolve Your Engagement Game for Better Results

Evolve Your Engagement Game for Better Results

Despite what seems to be an endless supply of optimism from market forces, many businesses are suffering an abrupt collapse of their traditional revenue streams. Practical restrictions on normal operations, coupled with the added expense and inefficiencies of health...

Your City Should Go and Love Itself

Your City Should Go and Love Itself

It wasn’t until I finally left that I realized I had been in a toxic relationship. I knew something was wrong, but I couldn’t sort out exactly what it was. It was only with some distance and in hindsight...

The Stages of Small Business Grief

The Stages of Small Business Grief

I woke up my family with the sound of a sledgehammer one August morning. A seven-month adventure to build what would become our family business storefront began with a bang. They had forgotten that the transformation of their home...

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