Civic Omaha

“Whenever and wherever societies have flourished and prospered rather than stagnated and decayed, creative and workable cities have been at the core of the phenomenon.” – Jane Jacobs

Omaha’s civic identity is rooted in its frontier past, a time when resourcefulness, a strong work ethic and self-reliance often meant the difference between life and death. It’s also present in the architecture and orientation of the city’s buildings, the design of its streets and the vitality of its older and newer sectors.

Civic Omaha, one of Omaha by Design’s four areas of emphasis, seeks to define and improve the city’s civic places and public image. It’s about preserving and restoring the civic design elements found in the city’s older areas and extending these concepts to its newer portions. Omaha’s downtown and riverfront areas are beginning to reap the benefits of this civic design sensibility. Civic Omaha projects are an opportunity for today’s public, private and philanthropic leaders to employ this focus citywide. They are creating visual symbols of design excellence across the metro, dotting the built environment with pedestrian-friendly gathering spots that, when connected, form an image of a place that values its people and heritage. Together, they can help change how Omaha is viewed at home and across the nation’s urban landscape.

For more information about Civic Omaha or to donate to a project, call 402.934.7055 or email