“The League’s PlacePOP initiative has jump-started a significant project for Berkley’s downtown. Their proven experience, engaging teamwork, and professional deliverables gave us the boost we needed to move forward with confidence and true community excitement.” ~ Steve Baker, City of Berkley councilmember

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What is PlacePOP?


Please note that the League is not currently offering direct/hands-on PlacePOP services, but we’d be happy to talk through your plans or hear about your experiences!

PlacePOP is a low-cost, high-impact service that demonstrates the power of place. We develop engaging, temporary improvements to a public space that can catalyze development, strengthen community connections, and make an area more attractive.

PlacePOP projects can test creative ideas like:

  • Use art, lighting, wayfinding, and landscaping to improve walkability between two areas
  • Activate underutilized space with people-centered improvements
  • Gauge demand with pop-up retail in a vacant storefront
  • Build a temporary pocket park with outdoor furniture and family-friendly activities

Berkley-art-inlineHow does PlacePOP work?

  1. Get started – We’ll meet with core stakeholders to identify the project’s goals, partners, and opportunities.
  2. Work out project details – We’ll create a preliminary project plan with event logistics, assignments, materials, partners, activities, and communication strategies.
  3. Host the event – With the help of local partners and volunteers, we’ll facilitate the placemaking demonstration project during a planned community event.
  4. Report out – We’ll host a debrief meeting with core stakeholders to recap the event, articulate lessons learned, and identify opportunities moving forward. For fully facilitated projects, we’ll provide a written report and formal recommendations.

What does PlacePOP cost?

Each event will be completely customized to meet the needs of the community. Do-it-yourself for under $1,000 or, for up to $5,000, let us lead a larger project with civic engagement, event facilitation, and a project report with recommendations on how to move forward into more permanent improvements.

How do I get more information?

Contact us for more details on getting PlacePOP in your community!

Richard Murphy, Program Manager
Policy Research Labs
Michigan Municipal League
(734) 669-6329
[email protected]