Monday, August 27, 2012

How a community supports a place

Here's a great story about a community stepping up to support a local business, or, as we call them, a place, after the flood made havoc of the town last month.

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Places where people gather are important for communities. When connections are made, when people who don't know each other talk, when old friends happen upon each other, wonderful things can happen.
Dog Days Westonka, a place for a day.
Is there a place in Mound where people can rally? Is there a core to Mound? If there is, is it being supported by the city? By local business? By it's residents? Who determines what and where that place is?

This short article is a great does a great job of talking about what is a place and what is NOT a place, and the grey spots in between.
many American cities and towns have what you might call a deficit of place, or a very low ratio of place to non-place. When the place to non-place ratio gets low, you get the characteristics of American suburbia: wide roads, buildings surrounded by acres of parking and landscaping, hostile pedestrian environment, massive infrastructure maintenance burdens
This website has pointed out many places in Mound, we are going to spend some time in the coming days talking about 'non-places'.

Is this a non-place?