Adirondack Frontier Main Street: Placemaking

June 18, 2024

Adirondack Frontier Main Street: Placemaking


Transforming Spaces Together:

The Power of Placemaking in the Adirondack Frontier

We believe in the power of placemaking to transform our communities. More than just the planning and designing of public spaces, placemaking is a participatory process that harnesses the ideas of the people who use them. By putting people first, we create vibrant public spaces that enhance vitality and promote health, happiness, and well-being.

What is Placemaking?

Placemaking involves the planning, design, and management of public spaces. It capitalizes on a community’s unique assets, inspiration, and potential, aiming to create beautiful and functional public spaces that people actually want to spend time in. This approach not only improves the aesthetics and functionality of downtown areas but also fosters a stronger sense of community pride and a higher quality of life.

Facilitating Placemaking in Our Downtowns

We are committed to facilitating placemaking in our downtowns. We work with stakeholders to build awareness and educate the public about the benefits of placemaking. This collaborative effort is crucial for talent attraction and retention, as well as for enhancing the overall community experience.

Spotlight on Success: The Saranac Lake Bug Crawl

A standout example of successful placemaking is the Saranac Lake Bug Crawl. This innovative project, created by the Saranac Lake Community Enhancement Fund Committee, combines art installation, education, and interactive activities to engage the community in a fun and meaningful way.

The Bug Crawl exemplifies how placemaking can bring people together, highlight local assets, and create memorable experiences. It’s initiatives like these that make our downtowns vibrant and dynamic places!

We invite you to join us in our placemaking efforts. Together, we can create public spaces that reflect our community’s spirit and enhance our collective well-being.

Franklin County Economic Development Corp.

We are a unifying economic development organization that fosters a shop-local, community-first culture. We help entrepreneurs start businesses and help existing businesses grow. We take a proactive approach to attract visitors with the hope they’ll become locals.



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