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, May 02, 2013

Another interesting event this Saturday: Armed Forces Retirement Home Family Festival

From the Friends of the Soldiers Home:

On the Lower Grounds of the Armed Forces Retirement Home
Rock Creek Church Rd & Randolph St NW

Saturday, May 4
1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Music performances, Carnival Games & Prizes, A Naturalist Walking Tour of the Grounds at 2pm, Toy Boat Races on the Pond, Food Trucks, DC Brau Microbrew Selections, Picnic baskets are welcome.

Please leave your dogs at home.
Parking on Grounds available for a $5 donation

Typically, the grounds are closed to the public, so this is a very special event, and a great opportunity to get access to a place that you can't normally see.

The Washington Post Magazine had a piece on the Soldiers Home more recently, "Can Soldiers’ Home residents and urban gentrifiers overcome barbed wire?," featuring a couple that reached out and gardened with some of the residents.

It's also the kind of potential "park space" that the city has that may not necessarily be open to the public, or under the jurisdiction of the local government.

-- Posts on the Soliders Home from the Park View DC blog.  (Image above from this website.)
Postcard mailed to a resident of the US Soldiers Home

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