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Public life: Case study from Charlotte, NC

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Tsay, Shin-pei

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2019

Publication

In: Campbell, Lindsay K.; Svendsen, Erika; Sonti, Nancy Falxa; Hines, Sarah J.; Maddox, David, eds. Green readiness, response, and recovery: A collaborative synthesis. Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-P-185. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service: 156-169.

Abstract

From Seattle to Boise and Memphis to Boston, city agencies, civic institutions, and community residents are collaborating with neighbors to reinvent their public spaces. In many cities, shrinking budgets and outdated policies make public space investments challenging. In areas where there is little funding for formal parks and squares, which require large capital budgets and costly maintenance, local residents and stakeholders are focusing on small spaces that have been overlooked or forgotten: the abandoned lot in the neighborhood, the patch of green next to the formal park, or the bus stop. These kinds of public space design interventions happen in many different ways. Activating the public realm in neighborhoods that have experienced decades of neglect requires new approaches to build trust with neighbors and focus on their potential rather than the barriers. Could public, shared, and everyday spaces help bridge that rift between neighbors?

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Tsay, Shin-pei. 2019. Public life: Case study from Charlotte, NC. In: Campbell, Lindsay K.; Svendsen, Erika; Sonti, Nancy Falxa; Hines, Sarah J.; Maddox, David, eds. Green readiness, response, and recovery: A collaborative synthesis. Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-P-185. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service: 156-169. https://doi.org/10.2737/NRS-GTR-P-185-paper11.

Last updated on: May 8, 2019