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top-urban-deisgn-and-planning-projects-in-the-us-now-that-you-should-care-about-nyc-chicago-dc-minneapolis-las-vegas-untappedcities-nick-reale-7Image Source: Regional Plan Association’s Second Regional Plan

With public consciousness of cities at an all-time high, planning and design projects have been commanding the imaginations of urbanities in ways unforeseen. On the positive end, more governing bodies and planning agencies are placing higher value on public awareness, information dissemination, and “ground-up” development. There’s certainly a long way to go, even in cities like New York City, but below are 10 of some of the more innovative and impactful projects going on across the United States right now. Though some have captured the imagination and support of masses while others hang in limbo, all will affect the lives of many in their wake.

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Spain Rodriguez Mural in the Central Terminal Building. Photos by Tullis Johnson, Courtesy of the Burchfield Penney Art Center

Spain Rodriguez Mural in the Central Terminal Building. Photos by Tullis Johnson, Courtesy of the Burchfield Penney Art Center

Buffalo, New York is typically known for only a handful of things: being a casualty of the decline of the American steel industry, chicken wings, an embarrassing football team. But recently Buffalo has begun to receive recognition of a new sort-respect for its art scene. Quietly, over decades, Buffalo has become home to a strong community of hard-working and talented artists. For the last several years American Style Magazine has ranked the Queen City among the top mid-sized cities in the nation to visit to see and experience art. But one does not necessarily have to visit one of Buffalo’s many independent galleries or one of its respected museums to see great art. All you need to to do is wander down the street.

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