Since 2008 we have been convening design teams that live and work in post-industrial American cities. Our approach to increasing solutions-oriented media coverage in the areas where we work borrows from the academic disciplines of critical ethnography and ethnomusicology; by housing ourselves amongst urban farmers, artists, veteran families and elder narrative keepers, we have been able to work with communities inside of a cooperative pre-planning process long before speculative land developers arrived. Our focused investment in local subject matter experts continues to create support for development without displacement efforts long after our capacity building work is complete.

Through a review of our curated press coverage each year (below) you will find the common thread of our social impact work; this press content is a peek into how we do what we do and why. As we prepare to expand our design consulting work both south and west of North America’s ‘northeastern corridor,’ opening regional offices in Appalachia and the Mississippi River Valley in 2022 and 2023 respectively, our press page will continue to highlight the work of our teams, neighbors and the community voices that have been impacted by our work.

Sally Blagg plays an active role in all of the stories about our leadership team, our design work and the people that we serve; we strongly advise our clients and communities to have some creative control over their messaging as well. Enjoy the stories about over a decade of our work by activating the tabs below!


May 11, 2016 |

Students Cultivate Local Ecosystem With Myrtle Avenue Plantings (DNA Info)

November 20, 2011 |

Preserving Religious Spaces (AASLH Blog)

Aug 27, 2008 |

Free lecture highlights early cleric (Buffalo News)

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