The small placemaking agency that builds and implements big community Identity systems.
What We Do:
Art + Urban Planning = Creative Placemaking
Chris Devins Creative combines Art + Urban Planning to transform neighborhoods and business districts with murals and public Art installations that reaffirm community Identity. CDC's murals provide your business district with a cultural ambience within which to place your retail and other business activities. CDC's installations are economic development tools, attracting visitors to your commercial corridors, where they spend money. As in museums, where exhibit goers are encouraged to "exit through the gift shop", CDC's outdoor exhibits are the attraction and your commercial corridors the gift shop. CDC sells the distinctiveness of your district, increasing its drawing power.
CDC began in Bronzeville, Chicago as an outgrowth of Chris' work on the Residents at Risk study conducted by the Urban Institute and Harvard University. Residents at Risk was a profile of the Ida B. Wells/Madden Park housing complex conducted just as residents' homes were being demolished. As he pondered the loss of yet another important Bronzeville development, Chris began to think about Identity and the role it plays in a neighborhood's economic and social viability.
The Bronzeville Legends Identity Initiative was a part of Chris’ Master Thesis, the East 39th Street Commercial Corridor Plan. The plan is a comprehensive development plan that envisions the future of the corridor, based on current real estate market data.