Good Public Spaces

In the last year, we've been hearing more and more about revitalizing parks. The public overwhelmingly voted to fund a better park, based - I think - entirely on the vision that this author details:

"...good public spaces (busy parks, main streets, plazas)

attract a diverse cross-section of a community or city and at best,

can facilitate interaction across perceived differences."

Take a look at the sketches of what Riverfront Park will look like - spaces to sit, to celebrate, to wander, to enjoy and a wide variety of people doing just that. In essence, the vision for Riverfront - and for all parks - is a place for community.

And isn't that what we all want in our parks? A safe place for kids to play, for runners to run, for picnickers to eat, for strollers to stroll, for concerts, for celebrations, for just being. It's what we at the Parks Foundation keep in mind each day as we go about our work...that this letter, that phone call, this program will build a better community. Thank you for being a part of it all.

And now for our train aficianados, a lovely article comparing trains and public spaces. I don't know about you, but it makes me want to buy a ticket and see where it takes me...

http://nextcity.org/daily/entry/what-long-distance-trains-teach-us-about-public-space-in-america

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