For decades, we have been building transportation through communities, rather than creating communities through transportation. Streets designed only to move cars can work so much harder. They can certainly carry more people by more modes of transportation—but they can also become great places in their own right.
A recent study highlights the impacts that the 2014 relocation of the Flint Farmers Market had on improving access to healthy food in an underserved community with few available options for making nutritious food choices.
It all started with the chairs. By simply placing some movable furniture in Harvard Yard in 2009, the University took the first steps in what would eventually become a long-term activation of its outdoor campus space. With just this small, temporary act of Placemaking, the change was dramatic and immediate.