ReSurfaced

ReSurfaced is a program initiative by the City Collaborative that explores creative strategies to activate underutilized urban spaces. 

As with many cities the size of Louisville, surface parking and vacant lots have weakened once great walkable environments for a good portion of the downtown and surrounding areas. Through ReSurfaced, we work with the community and strategic partners to pre-vitalize these spaces by making low-cost investments that activate the space NOW rather than wait for big, long-term developments to take shape. The initiatives focus on the city as the ultimate user interface, where the community can experiment and enjoy unique locations and begin dialog about how we can revive the multitude of surface lots and underutilized spaces, turning spaces into places.

Each ReSurfaced project will be a temporary initiative to illustrate the civic benefit and economic potential of incrementally activating currently underutilized spaces, while creating a more vibrant urban environment that can more quickly realize the City's latent potential.

This map illustrates the amount of surface lots and vacant hardscape spaces in and around the central business district in Louisville, KY. The black shapes indicate buildings and red are surface lots that present opportunity to reweave the urban fabric and create a stronger, more walkable, and more vibrant city.

This map illustrates the amount of surface lots and vacant hardscape spaces in and around the central business district in Louisville, KY. The black shapes indicate buildings and red are surface lots that present opportunity to reweave the urban fabric and create a stronger, more walkable, and more vibrant city.


De Montfort University Partnership

The City Collaborative and De Montfort University in Leicester, UK have formed a strategic partnership to expand international service learning on civic engagement projects to solve urban problems.