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, November 15, 2011

Tonight: Community Forum Urban Waterways and Waterfront Parks

Anacostia Overview
From email via H-DC:

November 15 @ 7:00 PM
The forum will be held at the Anacostia Community Museum
1901 Fort Place, SE Washington DC 20020.
For Information call 202-633-4838.

This forum is a moderated panel discussion which will explore the recent developments of major parks on urban rivers including waterways parks in Brooklyn, New York, and Louisville, Kentucky as well as DC’s Kingman Island.

Panelists include Nancy Webster of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy, David Karem of the Louisville Waterfront Development Corporation, Susan Piedmont Palladino of the National Building Museum, and John Dillow of Living Classrooms National Capital Region. The panel will discuss citizen efforts in park development, challenges to the process and lessons learned.

About Urban Waterways: The Anacostia Community Museum (ACM) is conducting a research and educational initiative that focuses on urban waterways, especially rivers, their watersheds, and associated creeks and streams. A major focus will be on the Anacostia River and its watershed.

The project explores the impact of social conditions, environmental burdens, and resource depletion on urban communities; studies civic oversight and community involvement on efforts to restore urban waterways in several national and international sites; and uncovers cultural and recreational traditions associated with rivers. The project goal is to reinforce a sense of citizens’ ownership and responsibility for urban waterways that will lead to direct action to improvement of waterways in any neighborhood. An exhibition is scheduled to open in September 2012.

The community forum series is designed to explore issues and aspects of community change, economic development and quality of life in the communities of Anacostia River.

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