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.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Outdoor movies are the neighborhood rage

I see a lot of groups organizing "screen on the green" type events at the neighborhood scale, when it was not too long ago that such events were limited to major parks.

It turns out that inflatable screens are easily rented, making projection a relatively simple process compared to 10 years ago, when you needed sophisticated projection systems and the only screens available were hard, fixed, big objects difficult to transport.

The Manor Park neighborhood association screened Casablanca last Sunday (the rain date, it had been originally scheduled for Thursday night), starting out with cartoons for kids.  It was pretty fun.

It was at Fort Slocum, an NPS installation in our neighborhood that mostly goes unused, except for some dog walkers, and occasional users of the picnic shelter.

The Park People park friends support organization in Toronto has produced a guide to organizing such events.

-- How-to Host a Movie in the Park

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