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.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Today: Dupont Circle House Tour and New York City Open House Weekend

I have been remiss in not writing earlier about today's Dupont Circle House Tour in DC or this weekend's Open House New York, which I happened to attend last year.

Besides getting to check out cool buildings, the Dupont Circle tour includes the ability to visit the Dupont Underground trolley station space, which is being converted into an arts space by the Dupont Underground Arts Coalition.

(Although given the forthcoming closure of the Rhode Island Avenue YMCA, maybe like in Paris, instead they could have created an underground swimming pool.)

The House Tour runs from noon to 5 pm and includes afternoon tea at the Heurich Mansion, one of the nation's most intact Victorian mansions, and one of DC's limited number of "house museums."

New York's Open House includes the ability to visit both the LaGuardia Airport Marine Terminal and the old TWA Flight Center airline terminal at JFK Airport (photo below).

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