Video: 5 Talks on Public Spaces

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1/9/2014 3:58:59 AM
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Re: Hope is a thing with feathers...
Thanks Amy and, yes, I noticed that when I visited Washington DC a few years ago. I wasn't expecting it and it seemed odd to have that situation so close to the heart of the US government, but I was probably just naive.

Amy Rogers Nazarov
Amy Rogers Nazarov  
1/8/2014 10:43:49 AM
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Hope is a thing with feathers...
I chose to listen to the Anne Power talk, Rich, partly because portions of my city (Washington) are dispiritingly segregated as well, particularly some public schools and some neighborhoods. I found her remarks about a city's massive existing public infrastructure to be very useful, because many's the time I hear residents and non-residents alike complaining that "DC schools are bad" or "DCPD is bad" or "DC libraries are horrible" or other blanket statements. 

WHEN in fact - I can say after living here for nearly 16 years, that there are many, many pockets of good in our large urban infrastructure, and it's imperative to think like Anne Power and view it as a sturdy thing with far-reaching roots into various aspects of the community. There are wonderful public schools with diverse student populations and world-class teachers, for example. There is a new playground whose ribbon was cut by the mayor just yesterday. There is new housing and retail development near the Navy Yard, once a place you got in and out of as fast as you could. There are units of affordable housing partly subsidized by the city being built NOW, side by side with market-rate units. 

Of course we face large problems. But there is much to be hopeful about, in this city and many others. 


1/8/2014 3:59:25 AM
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Re: Awesome compendium!
Thanks piratejulie. I know we go on about Jan Gehl and Copenhagen a fair bit on Future Cities, but his presentation here is a good example of the themes I've seen him discuss in other talks. It's good to have it committed to video.

1/7/2014 10:02:08 PM
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Re: Awesome compendium!
I second that Mary.  Mostly, "awesome" isn't in my everyday vocabulary but in this case, it feels like the right adjective for the opportunities afforded digesting these videos.  Thank you Rich! 

Mary Jander
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1/7/2014 1:37:52 PM
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Awesome compendium!
Rich, wonderful collection of talks here. It may take a bit of time to digest each one, but IMO these are "must see" videos for anyone looking to stay current with city planning trends.

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