What We Do

Southside Sense of Place


Completion of Palmer Avenue

Years: 2010-2011

The KCCI Southside Sense of Place Project worked with the City of Tallahassee-Leon County Planning Department to execute the construction of a new streetscape for Palmer Avenue, which resulted in approximately $750,000 in improvements. Palmer Avenue now serves as the model for future connector roads between South Monroe and South Adams.

The Southside Sense of Place Project was an initiative to begin improvements to the South Adams Street Corridor to cultivate an identity for the area – or a sense of place. An area with a sense of place has characteristics that make it special or unique, fosters authentic human attachment and belonging, protects the area’s cultural heritage and promotes cultural awareness. A place typically includes retail shops and opportunities for employment, people on the move and sidewalk encounters, a public park or square, and planned events or activities.

On June 20, 2011, the City Commission approved the South Monroe/Adams Street Corridor Action Plan that was created through a partnership between Southside residents and businesses, the City’s planning department, and KCCI’s Southside Sense of Place team members. Construction began in 2012.

The Southside Sense of Place Project team, in collaboration with existing stakeholders, the City of Tallahassee and Leon County, ignited a sense of place movement in the South Adams Street area that ultimately will offer the area a distinct identity, establish plans to enhance the look and feel of the community, engage area businesses, residents and community leaders in the placemaking process, and build a coalition of support for future positive community enrichment.

The Southside Sense of Place Project aimed to develop the south side of Tallahassee, particularly the South Adams Street area, into a safe, attractive, thriving community that contributes more effectively to the region economically, culturally and creatively.

Community Catalysts

These are the people who helped make this project possible.

  • Nancy Blum-Heintz
  • Bobby Boone
  • Nita Jackson
  • Charlie Johnson
  • Chiquita McKnight
  • Jeff Peters
  • Rob Schiffer
  • Jenay Sermon
  • Lauren Shoaf
  • Enrika Sissle
  • Alison Voorhees