The Public Realm and Forgotten Spaces as a Framework for Revitalization

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The Public Realm and Forgotten Spaces

The parks, open spaces, and streets of the public realm are the foundation for great districts, and even the in-between spaces, like alleyways, are unique economic development opportunities. Learn how to accomplish this through a flexible framework, which includes focusing on small steps that can be implemented quickly and balancing preservation with contemporary issues.  Also hear how Seattle’s Pioneer Square turned alleys into attractive greenways for a variety of community events and how a diverse group of stakeholders turned “unusable” spaces into assets. CM | 1.25

Learning Objectives:

  • Good public space makes good economic sense and is critical for a vibrant downtown or district
  • Find unique solutions to public space issues by establishing a framework that allows for flexibility by looking at options -not locking into one idea
  • Can't depend only on "the big ideas"...need to identify and focus on the little things that can happen quickly
  • Balancing preservation with contemporary urban issues


For more information contact:

Lisa Dixon, The Alliance for Pioneer Square;

Liz Stenning, The Alliance for Pioneer Square;

Tom McGilloway, ASLA, Mahan Rykiel Associates, Inc;

Nan Rohrer, Downtown Partnership of Baltimore