Mayor James Brainard, Carmel, IN awarded 2013 IMCL Joseph P. Riley Jr. Award

At the 50th International Making Cities Livable Conference (IMCL) in Portland, OR, June 23-27, 2013 Mayor James Brainard received the 2013 International Making Cities Livable Joseph P. Riley Jr. Award “for his inspirational leadership in creating a vibrant, multi-functional heart for Carmel, IN. The beauty, harmony and diversity of the compact urban fabric of City Center and the Arts District, squares, parks, theater and Palladium demonstrate a clear understanding of true urbanity and a vision of Carmel as a great city.”

Mayor Brainard spoke eloquently at the 50th IMCL Conference to great acclaim. The theme of the Conference was “Reshaping Suburbia into Healthy Communities”. Fellow Mayors and council members, professionals in planning, public health, urban design, architecture and social sciences from around the world were profoundly moved and impressed by the beauty of Carmel’s new buildings and urban fabric, and the quality of everyday life they will make possible.

The award is named after Joseph P. Riley Jr., Mayor of Charleston, SC since 1975, guiding spirit in the US Conference of Mayors, founder of the Mayors’ Institute on City Design, and Member of the IMCL Advisory Board. This is the first time this special award has been presented. It is an award that will be reserved for Mayors who follow in Mayor Riley’s footsteps – who are visionary, passionate about shaping the built environment to enhance the lives of citizens, and who follow the principles of True Urbanism.