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.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Guerrilla events capable at certain NPS parks in Downtown DC

I've written a lot over the years about NPS parks in DC, especially in the core of the city, such as at Dupont Circle, McPherson Square, Franklin Square, and Farragut Square, and how they are so "unactive" compared to equivalent parks in New York City, even excepting NYC's much greater daytime population.

I was checking out something downtown yesterday, and saw an array of food trucks along 17th Street (and a couple on Connecticut) bracketing Farragut Square. There was some itty bitty music event, and the park was mobbed. (Although the trucks on 17th Street were illegally parked in bus spaces, unless pre-approval had been obtained.)

Farragut Square, Franklin Square, and McPherson Square have parking on at least two sides of the block, so it is possible to provide food and other services to those parks from the public street, which NPS doesn't control.

Like a kind of (Park)ing Day.

How to put in movable tables and chairs is the next question.


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