Elected officials, advisory board members and town residents packed a Chapel Hill Public Library meeting room on November 29th to hear Urban Design professor Ned Crankshaw present strategies for creating lively, attractive downtown districts. Crankshaw discussed the importance of encouraging innovation and variety in the treatment of building frontages and signage, of providing places for people to sit and socialize, of finding ways to create interest and stimulate interaction among strangers, and of providing vegetation, water features, and food in public spaces. He also discussed ways the town can implement design guidelines that encourage developers to create more interesting projects as opposed to monotonous “cookie-cutter” structures. The latter half of the event consisted of a lively question and answer session. View a recording of the event here.