Citywalk News for February

As we continue to discuss Main Street and the important role it plays in developing a strong, resilient downtown we are going to focus on the “Design” this month.

Design is explained as enhancing the visual attractiveness of the downtown. Design includes technical assistance and encouragement to building owners toward the restoration and rehabilitation of historic structures, street and alley cleanup, colorful banners and landscaping. Design also includes safe and efficient infrastructure, including streets, sidewalks, curbs and gutters, and the appearance of storefronts, signs, street lights, window displays and graphic materials.

All communities are searching for a way to make its residents feel connected. In recent years there has been a movement to create a healthy, prosperous community where people want to live, work, play and learn; an inspiring and engaging place can generate greater outcomes for our community’s social, economic and physical well-being than one might expect. According to the Project for Public Places, “Placemaking is an approach to ‘help citizens transform their public spaces into vital places that highlight local assets, spur rejuvenation and serve common needs’”.

Placemaking facilitates creative patterns of use, paying attention to the physical, cultural, and social identities that define a place and support its ongoing evolution. Placemaking contributes to people’s health, happiness, and wellbeing; it is a critical process to intimately connect people to the places they live. Placemaking shows people can help people re-imagine everyday spaces. A recent webinar I attended stated, “Successful place-making is important for several reasons. By creating places where people feel good, they are more likely to want to stay, to return and to tell others about the experience. The differences between ‘just a regular public space’ and a ‘great pubic place’ can be viscerally felt by people – a sense of welcome, of belonging, of pleasure and of sharing. A local neighborhood is just a group of houses and streets until there are people who take pride in place and who call it home. The difference between space and place is like the difference between ‘house’ and ‘home’. Many tangible and intangible elements combine to create a sensory experience that is memorable.”

As soon you can see, placemaking is incredibly important to the future of the community and that is why Ferguson Main street, in partnership with the Downtown Business District, is making placemaking a 2019 goal. In the next few weeks the Ferguson Special Business District Board and Ferguson Main Street Board will be meeting and outlining the 2019 strategic goals. Those goals will be brought to you in the February CityWalk article. We welcome any input you may have on placemaking and encourage you to join the Ferguson Main Street Design Board.

The Ferguson Main Street (FMS) Organization Committee is looking for merchants and property owners, residents, media, civic groups, accountants and legal professionals. The FMS Design Committee is a great fit for architects, real estate professionals, planners, designers, history buffs, and artists. The FMS Promotion Committee: is a great fit for marketing and tourism pros, downtown merchants and students; while the FMS Economic Vitality Committee: is great for merchants, development pros, consumers, business students. For more information on Ferguson Main Street, contact

CityWalk business owners have a standing invitation to attend meetings of the Ferguson Special Business District Advisory Board, which meets the 2rd Thursday of the month from 5:30-7:30 p.m. FSBD meets at Baked Wood-Fire Pizza, 235 S. Florissant Rd.

CityWalk currently has an opening for the Ferguson Special Business District Advisory Board. The board is set up to promote the Central Business District of Ferguson to the public.

For more information, please contact Marveena Miller at 314-324-4298 or


110 Church Street
Ferguson, MO 63135
(314) 524-5197



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