Knight Blog

The blog of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

Knight Cities podcast: Sandra Kulli on creating community

Jan. 28, 2015, 12:01 p.m., Posted by Carol Coletta

How do you create a sense of community in a brand new development? It’s a question Sandra Kulli, a real estate marketing strategist, has been wrestling with for years. She is president of Kulli Marketing, and we had a chance to catch up recently in Todos Santos, Mexico, the site of one of her newest projects, Tres Santos. It’s a project that could have been a typical resort on the Pacific, but the developer chose instead to forego gates and golf courses to reach for an authentic connection to the people in this small Mexican town.

This week on “Knight Cities,” Sandra and I talk about what people want out of community today and how to deliver it.

Miami events connect thriving community of makers, artists and entrepreneurs

Jan. 27, 2015, 4 p.m., Posted by Matt Haggman

Photo: Networking at Waffle Wednesday, courtesy Live Ninja. 

It’s difficult to believe that January is nearly gone. We have a terrific lineup of events supported by Knight Foundation for the remainder of this month and next month too. I want to especially mention that Knight Arts Challenge South Florida is now open for you to submit your arts ideas. The deadline is Feb. 23. Come help us kick off the challenge during a party tonight at Gramps in Wynwood.

Here’s a look at what else lies ahead:

Detroit hustles harder

Jan. 27, 2015, 1 p.m., Posted by Katy Locker

A version of this op-ed originally appeared in the January 2015 issue of EDGEcondition magazine. Above: portion of fresco 'Detroit Industry' by Diego Rivera, 1886-1957, at Detroit Institute of Arts.

Detroit is a city that invites ideas for its revival and re-establishment. Every day, it seems, we receive advice and plans for how to “save” our city. As a Detroit native who has been working on issues of revitalization in Detroit for more than a decade, I’m thankful we continue to invite new ideas and, most importantly, new energy for the work.  Many of the ideas proposed are about placemaking in this city rampant with vacant places. While I welcome the new ideas, I’m hopeful that we can start 2015 mindful of some key knowledge.

When a city puts its distinctiveness on display, has a deep understanding of its differences and can spin economic vibrancy out of difference, it has a real advantage.  One of Detroit’s great advantages is that it attracts people with ideas.  I believe that’s because Detroit has its own unique magnetism.  In other words, Detroit has soul.  Motor City.  Motown.  “Detroit Hustles Harder.”