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Making Extra Pavement into Plazas

For those of you in the northeast U.S., go take a short walk around your neighborhood while the snow is still on the ground. This is a simple way to see all the extra pavement that is consuming valuable land in your neighborhood. Wouldn’t it be great if this left over asphalt could be made into public space? We think it would be great and have launched an effort, Pavementtoplazas.com, to help metro Boston make these opportunity sites more visible. We’d love to hear from you and please do submit any of the sites you happen to find in your neighborhood here.

The Pavement to Plazas project is based on the tactic summarized in Tactical Urbanism Vol. 2 as:

To reclaim underutilized asphalt as public space without large capital expenditure. These installation are usually pilot projects that are used to test possible longer term improvements. We think the Boston region has a lot of extra asphalt that could be better used as public space.

If you are interested in learning more about how cities are utilizing the Pavement to Plazas tactic check out San Francisco, New York and, the recently launched, LA effort. Principle Group is also working with the City of Somerville on a pilot plaza that we hope to have open this Spring. Join the Pavement to Plazas mailing list to keep up on news about that project and other effort to reclaim public space for people.

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Thanks Mayor Curtatone and to everyone who came out last Thursday for the screening of The Human Scale. There was just under 900 people (!) at the show. Big thanks to the Somerville Theatre as well for putting on a great event.