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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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Great Urban Riverfronts

Data shows that spending time in, on, or around water can result in a myriad of social, emotional, and health benefits.  A 2014 report by the Center for Occupational & Environmental Health at UCLA even asserted that the “creation of urban river parkways is an essential tool for improving community health.”  So, while you’re anxiously […]

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Blue Mind: This is Your Brain on Water

  Whether searching the universe or roaming here at home humans have always sought to be by or near water. It’s estimated that 80 percent of the world’s population lives within sixty miles of the coastline of an ocean, lake, or river.  – Wallace J. Nichols, Blue Mind

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