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, October 02, 2014

Community building #3: Dogs, social bridges, dog parks, and rescue adoptions

This morning while walking to the Metro, a lady was walking a dog.  It turns out she is a volunteer at the Washington Humane Society's shelter on Street, which is a few blocks away, and she was walking one of the dogs there that hasn't been adopted.

WHS has a big RV and they do adoption events at various places across the city, such as at the Big Bad Woof pet store in Takoma.

... but I suggested to the lady that they consider working with the burgeoning collection of dog parks across the city, and do events there, promoting the idea of dogs and dog walking as a neighborhood community building activity.

There are 11 dog parks in DC right now, and 2 sites with pending applications.

-- DC Department of Parks and Recreation Dog parks page

Dog walking, NYCSee "Dogs and the city" and "Dog parks and National Park Service installations" for discussions about dogs as "social bridges" or ways of getting neighbors to meet and become acquainted when they otherwise may not, as well as dog walking as an element of "eyes on the street."

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