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.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

New wayfinding system for the National Mall (DC)

New wayfinding signage at the National Mall Smithsonian Metro stop
Friends (from left) Katie Devereaux, Laura Tucker and Kathryn Johnson discuss their next move at the detailed map of the Mall that made its debut Tuesday outside of the Smithsonian Metro Station. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

While I think that a comprehensive wayfinding system for "the city" is in order, and the fact that the National Park Service, Smithsonian Institutions, DC Department of Transportation, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, and the Architect of the Capitol all do their own thing and don't coordinate very well between each other, therefore making it hard to get around the city if you don't know where you're going, this is a step forward.

See "More-informative Mall map helps tourists find their way" from the Washington Times.

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