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The Importance of Public Markets

As we discovered in our post ‘Great Places and Where to Find Them,’ not all great public spaces are parks.  With the recent opening of the Easton Public Market, this truth is made clear.  This being so, it seems high time we explored one of the most exciting forms of public space, the public market. […]

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The Importance of Public Art

Public art:  subject of praise, derision, censorship, and defense.  Public art, by its very nature, is fundamentally different from its private counterpart.  Public art isn’t just art for the wealthy or those inclined to visit museums and gallery shows, it is art for everyone.  One New York Times op-ed said on public art “With outdoor […]

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Paying Homage to Lehigh Valley Structural Steel

With all our focus on the future of Allentown’s waterfront, it is easy to forget that which came before.   A cardinal sin of Placemaking is forgetting the things that make the place unique, forgetting its heritage and history.  So let us take the same enthusiasm we have for the Waterfront, and remember Lehigh Structural Steel, […]

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8 Waterfront Development Pitfalls

While waterfront development seems like a tried and true slam-dunk for municipalities with the resources, not every waterfront is developed equal.   Cities that operate under an ‘if you build it, they will come’ mentality may stumble as they go and find themselves with a waterfront devoid of people – which is, by definition, a failure.  […]

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The Tilghman Street Bridge from The Waterfront Site

The Lehigh River, The Waterfront, and the Blue Mind

From the very founding of Allentown as Northampton Town in 1762, to the great industrial boom of the 19th and 20th centuries, to today, the Lehigh River has played an integral role in the city’s success. As the natural heart of the valley, the Lehigh River is deeply intertwined with Allentown’s character making its accessibility […]

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Great Urban Waterfront Spotlight: Helsinki, Finland

For the world’s northernmost metropolitan area, winters are hard, dark, and long.  So when the sun reappears, and lingers, in the bright spring and summer months, the city wakes up.   Helsinki, Finland, the capital city of the Land of the Midnight Sun, sits as a jewel upon the Baltic Sea, shining in the light of […]

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