What makes a city vibrant?

We want a vibrant city. This is something you hear often when people talk about improvements and suggestions for just about every city. But what does vibrant mean? What does a vibrant city look like?

Every neighborhood—every plaza, square, park, waterfront, market, and street—can be vibrant, but if people don’t feel like they can contribute to shaping their places, vibrancy can’t exist.

pulled from an article by Projects For Public Spaces.


Diving into the definition of vibrancy like this will only help to clarify goals and plans for Mankato’s development.

About Ben Lundsten

Ben is a designer and photographer, based out of Mankato, who loves helping people tell their stories and share their ideas. The Key City website was built by him and he has been known to occasionally contribute articles to Key City.