Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space

"A community’s physical form, rather than its land uses, is its most intrinsic and enduring characteristic." [Katz, EPA] This blog focuses on place and placemaking and all that makes it work--historic preservation, urban design, transportation, asset-based community development, arts & cultural development, commercial district revitalization, tourism & destination development, and quality of life advocacy--along with doses of civic engagement and good governance watchdogging.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006


Originally uploaded by rllayman.
There was a graffiti exhibit in the "old" Staples on M Street NW in Georgetown some time ago. (The building is pretty new, but the store went out of business at that location.) However, last Friday there was also a presentation by CUA Prof. Iris Miller's Urban Design Institute class, which focused on Foggy Bottom and the Georgetown waterfronts. (More about the presentation later.)

Anyway, I was there long enough for the boards to come off the walls and for the previous graffiti exhibit to be re-exposed.

I guess it's foreordained that I'll end up as a cultural studies professor of some sort...

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