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 09, 2010

Anti-oil/BP protest, Takoma DC

normally this would happen in Takoma Park, which is more "radical" than we are in DC, but I guess there wasn't a good place with a lot of visibility.

Having to do a public event in the side parking lot next to a liquor store demonstrates the utility of having pocket parks and squares in DC neighborhoods (like the new plaza in Columbia Heights).

There is a park across the street, but it isn't designed to support multiple and different types of uses, plus its design walls it off from the street, and supports disorder--not to mention its location on Blair Road during rush hour makes it very noisy.


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