Transforming Places and Campaigning for Change: Project for Public Spaces

by Marissa Sheldon, MPH
Project for Public Spaces

Name: Project for Public Spaces

What They Do: Project for Public Spaces (PPS) is a planning and design nonprofit that helps people strengthen their communities through public space.

How They Do It: PPS works on the ground with community members and partners to transform their goals and ideas into unique public spaces. Through research and education, they also equip people with the skills to create community-powered places in their own cities. Their participatory “placemaking” approach helps citizens transform their public spaces into vital places that highlight local assets, incite rejuvenation, and serve common needs.

Mission: Great public spaces strengthen communities. PPS brings public spaces to life by planning and designing them with the people who use them every day. Their knowledge, skills, and strategies equip people to fuel lasting change. PPS creates community-powered public spaces around the world.

Latest project/campaign: The Market Cities Initiative has been established to advance a new vision for public markets systems at the scale of cities, regions, and beyond. Working in partnership with HealthBridge Foundation of Canada and Slow Food International, PPS will research best practices for municipalities, states, provinces, and civic sector entities that seek to support networks of public markets in their region.

Major Funding: Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Foundation

Profit/nonprofit: Nonprofit

Annual Revenue: N/A

Interesting fact about how they are working to positively affect the food system: PPS has helped more than 3,000 communities in 47 countries since the organization was founded in 1975.


Location: New York, NY

Core Programs: Placemaking for All, Public Markets (farmers markets, indoor markets and market districts), Streets as Places

Number of staff: 25

Number of volunteers: N/A

Number of coworking members: N/A

Areas served: Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Staten Island, Queens, New York State, National, Neighborhood, International

Year Started: 1975

CEO: Phil Myrick

Contact Information:  (212) 620-5660,,;;


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