Starburst Intersection Meeting Last Night
I attended the evening meeting, which ran from 6pm-9pm. We looked at a number of examples of small parks & plazas to get ideas. What they are doing to the intersection is not putting in a circle (that idea was deemed too expensive), but rather joining existing small islands together to create a single space. The meeting broke into 5 groups & headed outside to take a closer look at the spaces. Representatives from the groups stood up and summarized the ideas & observations of their groups. Ideas included (but were not limited to):
-changing the elevation of the plaza
-putting in a fountain
-putting in a stage / small ampitheater
-having some green spaces.
-adding nice, welcoming lighting
The major factors to consider during design are:
-crime: it is important to have a well lit space where visibility from the street is good enough to discourage drug activity.
-noise: elevation and a fountain could help reduce traffic noise.
-overall appeal / perceptions of safety: If it doesn't look welcoming & safe people simply won't use it.
essentially, the audience asked for a space (and public art) that would really reflect the neighborhood.