The Power of 10 is a simple idea. The foundation of the concept is that a good place has many activities and good reasons to be there, maybe 10 or more. Norman Mintz, a pioneer of the ‘Main Street’ movement, explains the Power of 10 by using the Bryant Park in New York as a example. Mintz is also Senior Associate for Project for Public Spaces and has many experiences with using the Power of 10 for placemaking processes.
“To bring about change, implementation is where it starts. It’s one thing to look to the city or planning department for guidance and leadership. But the real and best test to any revitalisation project is community involvement. The merchants or the city do not own the downtown, the people own it.”