Revisiting the Social Life Project’s most read articles of the year
As we begin a New Year, we at the Social Life Project wanted to thank you, our readers, for making 2023 our most successful year yet! When we started this project during the pandemic, we never imagined we would have the readership and support that we have received over this past year. We could not be more thrilled to see so many of you engaging, sharing, and adding to this important discourse.
To show our appreciation, we wanted to wrap up the year by recapping your favorite articles. We hope you enjoy!
Our most popular series explored "Social Life for All," looking at the public places where women, men, children, couples and friends thrive:
You weren't shy when it came to digging into the big topics. Many of our top read articles explored next steps and the future of the placemaking movement:
A popular topic this year was how to improve our streets and sidewalks, the arteries of social and commercial life:
(We were surprised to find an older article about the Italian passeggiata in the top favorites this year. We are glad to see the interest in promenades and car-free streets growing every year!)
We have been putting more and more focus on the damage caused by Killer Intersections and these articles seemed to really resonate with you:
At the heart of what makes places great is their amenities, and it was great to see that these articles were a big hit this year:
Finally, articles focusing on what makes community life thrive were favorites throughout the year:
And that's a wrap for 2023! Thank you again, our readers! We are looking forward to a new year of creating content you love, growing the renaissance of community connection, and improving places around the world. In the new year we will be focusing on:
- Placemaking-based campaigns for improving health and addressing climate change
- How "killer intersections" destroy our communities and what we can do to fix them
- Deep dives on particular cities and communities – what works and what could be better
As always, we eagerly accept images and ideas for topics that relate to each of our themes/campaigns. We would love to hear what you would like to see from us. Please take this 3 minute survey to leave your feedback: https://forms.gle/nNpLsEC9eRcfJjjZA
Finally, if you would like to help us continue our work, we welcome donations to the Placemaking Fund.
Thank you, and Happy New Year!
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