At Bench Consulting we help you unlock the potential in the ordinary. We are dedicated to helping communities take a second look at neglected, underused spaces and work with everyday users to unlock the power of these places. Powerful change through the connection of people, place and ideas.
We'll help you identify & activate latent opportunities to revitalize main streets, downtowns and commercial centers through meaningful community & stakeholder engagement paired with strong local and global inspirations.
The Placemaking Plan is designed to meet you where you are. Our team will research your opportunities and assets and generate an outcome oriented roadmap.
We'll use all of our expertise from research, ideation, community engagement and fundraising to help implement the strategies you need to see your project through to completion.
Are you fully invested in creating vibrancy throughout your community or project? We’ll work with you and your community in stages so that you can build a strong, iterative placemaking movement!
Beth Reynolds The Corner Spot Town of Ashland, MA “I have to say that the buzz around town has been amazing, this project has done so much for our little town in just a few weeks, people are excited for change, they are more optimistic that the leadership is getting things done. It has done so much more than transform an ugly lot into a cool park. Keep doing what you are doing, this is the good stuff and you are so great at it!”
Jordan Yagiela Director of Programming NW Goldberg Cares “There has been a huge impact within our community. Residents finally have a place that they can visit and gather. People have consistently been telling us how much they love the park. Visitors to the neighborhood also love it as it shows what our neighborhood can look like when residents come together and put in some work. We even had one woman tell us that she sends her son down every day to read in the park, because he loves to read and it’s a better place for him to read than their house.”
Imhotep Adisa Executive Director Kpherw Institute “This collaboration has also led to increased social capital amongst residents who are now engaging with each other.”
We’re a team of city builders and placemakers with experience across a broad spectrum of placemaking projects in cities and towns large and small. We’re passionate about bringing out the best in the places we work in by partnering with the surrounding community.
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