Vibrant Communities Consulting

Ideas & Inspirationto Assist You with Building Vibrant Communities

Feel free to read and consider the following:

Trauma Informed Community Building
4-page overview of TICB approach with Rebuild Potrero in San Francisco:

Improving Mental Health through Urban & Community Design

         "...urban planners can design the urban environment in ways that systematically address mental-health opportunities. For example:  

  • Expanding access to green spaces—such as parks, street trees, or even office-window views of nature—has been proven to benefit mental health.
  • “Active design” is not simply a physical health effort: Because regular exercise can be an effective way to address some forms of mild depression (as well as reducing anxiety and some of the symptoms of dementia, ADHD, and even schizophrenia), interventions like creating walking circuits in a park or installing safe cycling infrastructure can have substantial mental-health benefits.
  • Positive social interaction increases self esteem and feelings of belonging as well as mitigating loneliness and anxiety. In order to encourage this, public spaces can install features like benches and chess tables to facilitate social interaction and provide settings for community activities.


       When people are experiencing mental-health problems, individual and group interventions by mental health professionals are essential. But when it comes to promoting good mental health and preventing disorders, there are myriad untapped opportunities. When we shift the scale of innovation from the individual to the city, we can create long-lasting solutions that make our cities more enjoyable—and mentally healthy—for all."

Balancing the Scales of City Sustainability, by F. Kaid Benfield, in The Huffington Post:

Ten Strategies for Transforming Cities and Public Spaces through Placemaking, Project for Public Spaces:

Want Community? Build Walkability, by Sarah Kobos (2/23/16) on

The Death and Life of Great Italian Cities (a validation for Jane Jacobs' principles of vibrant communities), by Brandon Donnelly:

The Experiment of American Pedestrian Malls, by Cole E. Judge, for the Fresno Future conference, 10/11/13:

Old North: Living Proof That There's No Such Thing as an "Obsolete Building", by Chris Naffziger, St. Louis Magazine: