City Repair’s Placemaking Guidebook 

April 19, 2011 by: Michael Cook


City Repair offers two great resources to help you reclaim public space and build community!

City Repair’s Placemaking Guidebook

Our best print resource for community-based projects such as Intersection Repair is called the Placemaking Guidebook. It includes physical examples, stories, techniques for community organizing and facilitation, and much more. This Guidebook begins where most American communities find themselves: socially isolated, yet relatively stable. If you are fortunate enough to live in a neighborhood where people are already engaged in community building, then start wherever it makes sense. Keep in mind, however, that even the most socially active neighborhoods include people who feel disempowered and might benefit from the initial steps of the placemaking process. This guide is not a “recipe” for placemaking. These ideas are here for your reference and are meant to be a springboard for your imagination!


  • • How to paint an intersection, step-by-step
  • • Detailed methods for communicating with your neighborhood
  • • Sample agendas for meetings
  • • Personal stories
  • • Make your own block party
  • • Resources
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12 Responses to “City Repair’s Placemaking Guidebook”
  1. Joanne says:

    I am working towards doing some city repair and intersection repair in my own city, and am wondering if the guidebook includes details such as what kind of paint works best for painting on asphalt etc.

  2. Lon Hope says:

    I love what you are doing!
    Great Work.
    I am a pauper activist living on $60 a month.
    I would love to introduce this up here in Toronto.
    Do you perhaps have a free downloadable version?

  3. Diana Gonzalez says:

    I live in Ypsilanti, Michigan, (near Ann Arbor and Detroit) ,where we have an active permaculture community group. And I am organizing a city repair guild, and would like to start with intersection repair as soon as the weather warms up.

    Would love any advice about how to start. Was very inspired to see what was done in Sellwood, when I was in Portland attending grad school at N.C.N.M.

    in peace,

  4. Reinhardt Hollstein says:

    I would like to have a copy of this City Repair guide. I think this will be a great tool to include in my art meetings. I would like to start up this program throughout the city of Seattle.

    Send to:
    3804 S 183rd Street Seatac, WA 98188

  5. Eddie Hooker,
    I understand that you are Materials Coordinator.
    Can you add to the Miller Paint requests (MLK)???
    CTS Rapid Set Cement
    same idea. We buy one, one is donated.
    10lbs are $12.50a box.

    thank you.
    Our Dharma Rain Zen Center at NE82nd and Siskiyou is doing mosaics.
    We have a workshop on Sat. May 25th.

    Karen Swallow

  6. I will promptly catch your current rss feed as I are unable to to locate your current contact ongoing hyperlink or even publication support. Do you have any kind of? Please let everyone recognize to ensure that I could sign up to. Thanks.

  7. Dave Dodson says:

    As a former Portlander I am well aware of the power of your neighborhoods. We’d like to do something similar here in Santa Cruz, California. Thanks for setting such a fine example!

  8. Ridhi D'Cruz says:

    Hi there.

    If you still need a guidebook, please click on the image of the guidebook to be redirected to a page where you can place the order.


  9. Ridhi D'Cruz says:

    Hey Lon,

    Please email us if you are interested in pursuing the possibility of starting something similar up in Toronto. Thanks!

  10. Ridhi D'Cruz says:

    Hopefully, you’ve been successful and contacted us via email. If not, please do that! Thanks!

  11. Ridhi D'Cruz says:

    Please email us with your questions. Thanks!

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