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.

Thursday, November 01, 2012

Community street mural near their local school, Knoxville

See "Branding the boulevard: Inskip mural to establish identity, slow traffic" from the Knoxville News-Sentinel.  From the article:

The design, created by former Inskip Elementary art teacher Kristie Isbell, is intended "to give Inskip an identity," said Liliana Burbano, a public health educator with Knox County Health Department. But it's also intended as a reminder to traffic that "kids are walking to school," to slow and watch more carefully. The idea for it, and the community association itself, grew out of meetings around a Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities grant the Health Department received from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which helped three Knox County communities — Inskip, Lonsdale and Mascot — organize to make their neighborhoods healthier.

The story includes a video clip too.

It's also a kind of general confirmation of the point that I make that the pavements around civic assets such as schools, parks, libraries and in commercial districts, ought to be engineered to support placemaking and walkability, such as with Belgian Block.

Saul Young/News Sentinel.   Volunteers work on a large street painting at the intersection of High School Road and Mitchell Drive near Inskip Elementary School on Tuesday as part of a community-building project and traffic control feature.

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