Tag Archives: Public Space

The Brilliant Simplicity of New York’s New Times Square

Times Square recently completed its six-year transformation from a congested thoroughfare into a European-style piazza. The redesign doubled the amount of pedestrian space. Remaking the Crossroads of the World follows a broader trend by cities around the world to create more pedestrian-friendly spaces that favor people over cars. Read more... Read more

Boston Is Now Building Public Parks Under Interstate Highways

​ The Massachusetts Department of Transportation and National Development announced plans for Ink Underground, an urban park that will span eight acres partially under Boston’s Interstate 93. The park will serve as a connector between the South End and South Boston neighborhoods via pedestrian boardwalks, art and cultural installations, and bicycle paths along the channel. Read more... Read more

San Francisco Is Redesigning City Hall Plaza Into a Space for All

​San Francisco has planned a slate of new initiatives to transform UN and Civic Center Plazas, and the spaces between them, with inclusivity as a specific goal. Design alone cannot be expected to solve social problems, but thoughtful design can be a part of the solution. Read more... Read more

The Place Value Economy: The Role of Outdoor Recreation in Creating Great Places

​This Community Builders webinar will explore the role of outdoor recreation as a tool for improving quality of life and local economies. Following an introduction to the findings in their Place Value study, which examines the relationships between community amenities and economic activity, a panel will discuss strategies for leveraging outdoor recreation for economic development at the state and local level. Register now... Read more

The Secret to a Happy, Healthy City? Places for People to Protest

What makes a city great? More and more research says that open public spaces and streets are a key to making a city great. These are where people gather naturally, to socialize and, in a politicized time, to protest. And those two functions make public space the key to the economic and social health of cities. Read more... Read more

Hoboken Finalizes $30M Purchase of BASF Property, Site of New Resiliency Park

Plans are already underway to create a temporary 4-acre “pop-up” park on Hoboken’s newly purchased 6.1-acre BASF property, so that the community can start to enjoy the benefits of this historic acquisition by this summer. The site is also home to the planned Northwest Resiliency Park. The purchase of the park property is funded through a low-interest loan from the New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Fund Program, which includes 19 percent principal forgiveness for the green infrastructure components. Read more... Read more

Can a Community Garden Outgrow Poverty in Southern Phoenix?

In South Phoenix, there’s a massive, untended plot of dirt as big as two and a half New York City blocks. Until recently, it was a void space between the housing tracts, collecting trash where it runs up against the streets. Now, nearly $600,000 from art project supporters the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and ArtSpace America will help turn the swath into a centerpiece of the neighborhood, and hopefully the minority communities that make up the majority of... Read more
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