Greensboro: Downtown Greenway praised in NEA book

Greensboro: Downtown Greenway praised in NEA book

By Dawn DeCwikiel-Kane ( of The Greensboro News & Record

A new book by the National Endowment for the Arts on creative placemaking praises the city’s Downtown Greenway.

“How to Do Creative Placemaking: An Action-Oriented Guide to Arts in Community Development” serves as a primer for communities interested in using the arts to advance revitalization.

The book features case studies of 13 select projects around the country that received grants from the NEA, an independent federal agency that supports artistic excellence.

Those include the Downtown Greenway, a 4-mile recreational loop being developed around center city.

“We are thrilled and honored to have been selected as a model,” said Dabney Sanders, the Downtown Greenway’s project manager. “The fact that we were selected by such a prestigious organization makes us feel really good about the work we are doing here in Greensboro.”

By the end of 2018, Action Greensboro, a nonprofit economic development group, and the city plan to have used $34 million in federal and state money, local bond money and private donations to create the path lined with landscaping and public art.

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