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.

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Urban Waterways Symposium (DC) -- Saturday March 28th

Saturday, March 28 | 9am – 5pm
Sponsored by the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum
Event Location: Thurgood Marshall Academy Public Charter School, 421 Alabama Avenue SE, Washington, DC

Enjoy a day of informative presentations about land and waterways management within the context of the urban waterway. The symposium brings together people from diverse backgrounds and agencies including nonprofit and community leaders, scholars and activists who will share their knowledge and experience about waterways management and conservation best practices. Keynote speaker will be former Mayor Anthony Williams. The symposium addresses three main themes relating to urban waterways:
  • Issues of densely populated watersheds
  • Urban waterways and diverse populations
  • National rivers and urban development

Registration required.

Note that the 11th Street Bridge Park project will be part of the line up.  Related to that park, see these past blog entries on the topic:

-- "The Anacostia River and considering the bridges as a unit and as a premier element of public art and civic architecture
-- "DC has a big "Garden Festival" opportunity in the Anacostia River""
-- "A world class water/environmental education center at Poplar Point as another opportunity for Anacostia River programming (+ move the Anacostia Community Museum next door)"
-- "Saving the South Capitol Bridge as an exclusive pedestrian and and bicycle bridge"

which could be considered an extension of various posts I've written about the area including:

-- "Wanted: A comprehensive plan for the "Anacostia River East" corridor"

Also, the right sidebar has a number of related resources under the title "Rivers, Canals and Waterfronts."

And the Federal City Council has a specific Anacostia River-related initiative ("A swimmable Anacostia River?" Washington Post).

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