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.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

More on community building:not painting Evanston's fire hydrants Northwestern University purple

Photo from Tumblr.

Evanston has already painted some of the fire hydrants near Northwestern University (school colors Purple and White) purple.  But at this juncture, they've decided to not paint all of the city's fire hydrants purple.  See "Evanston City Council rejects painting fire hydrants purple for Northwestern" from the Chicago Sun-Times.

I think this is a kind of street furniture and streetscape defining element that is increasingly disappearing.  E.g., Federal Highway Administration guidelines on street signs make it difficult for communities to display distinctive signage, say comparable to that in Toronto.
New Danforth Avenue Sign
Toronto street sign photo by jbcurio, from Flickr.

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