The urbanism movement and resurgence in the United States could only take place with a diverse and well-connected array of resources and knowledge hubs.  Below, check out some of the institutions that have provided the foundations and principles which shape the content that the Pittsfielder shares. Then, go out and apply what you've learned as well!

All descriptions are quoted from the organization featured.


Strong Towns

The mission of Strong Towns is to support a model of development that allows America's cities, towns and neighborhoods to become financially strong and resilient.

For the United States to be a prosperous country, it must have strong cities, towns and neighborhoods. Enduring prosperity for our communities cannot be artificially created from the outside but must be built from within, incrementally over time.


The Project for Public Spaces

Project for Public Spaces (PPS) is a nonprofit planning, design and educational organization dedicated to helping people create and sustain public spaces that build stronger communities. Our pioneering Placemaking approach helps citizens transform their public spaces into vital places that highlight local assets, spur rejuvenation and serve common needs.


Congress for the New Urbanism 

The Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) helps create vibrant and walkable cities, towns, and neighborhoods where people have diverse choices for how they live, work, shop, and get around. People want to live in well-designed places that are unique and authentic. CNU's mission is to help build those places.



Streetsblog connects people to information about how to reduce dependence on cars and improve conditions for walking, biking, and transit. Since 2006, our reporters have broken important stories about efforts to prevent pedestrian injuries and deaths, build out bicycle networks, and make transit more useful. Our writing raises the profile of these issues with policy makers and makes arcane topics like parking requirements and induced traffic accessible to a broad audience.


Better Block

Better Block Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that educates, equips, and empowers communities and their leaders to reshape and reactivate built environments to promote the growth of healthy and vibrant neighborhoods.

Better Block is currently working with the City of Pittsfield and the Tyler Street Business Group to help facilitate popup public space and infrastructure as part of the Tyler Street TDI.



Parksify is all about the social impacts of our cities’ public spaces. At Parksify, we focus on the social aspects of urban public spaces. We do so through columns, interviews and the Parksify Podcast. All of our work is done to share individuals’ points of view toward urbanism, placemaking and public spaces.