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.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Tomorrow: DCPS museum and archives open house

Image of the Sumner School by Matthew Gilmore, moderator of H-DC.

From the H-DC e-list:

Open House: Charles Sumner School Museum & Archives - Saturday, January 24, 2015

Washington, DC’s Official Museum And Repository For Documents And Artifacts Related To The DC Public Education System

Students from various local Public Schools will make presentations and serve as hosts and facilitators while our guests tour wonderful exhibits about the DC Public School system in our beautiful historic building.


*Tour Exciting Exhibits
*Fun, Family-Friendly Activities
*Presentations and Artwork by DCPS students and community

Join Us!

Saturday, January 24, 2015
1201 Seventeenth St. NW (Corner of 17th and M Streets) [Across from National Geographic]
Washington, DC 20036

For More Information: Call: 202-730-0478


At 4:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Given our recent back-and-forths on preservation, libraries and the like, I thought this was a pertinent post.

At 5:28 PM, Blogger Richard Layman said...

you're absolutely right!

What an awesome project, very creative. NOte that it is now the main library for the city.

BUT, DC could have used the neighborhood library reconstruction process in a similar fashion to better reposition "neighborhood" libraries as more fundamental and connected civic assets that push forward other neighborhood improvement activities simultaneously.

E.g., the Anacostia Lib. is new but it is poorly situated, doesn't have other services, etc.

Thank you for finding and sharing.

P.S. I hate to admit that I didn't know about the Urban Libraries Council. I just came across it and one of their reports earlier in the week:


the report, using chicago as an example,


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