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Earlier this year, I attended the grand opening of Frank Starkey’s People Place…A restored space on Main Street, in downtown New Port Richey. At that event, Frank talked about starting a dialog with ‘stakeholders’ in New Port Richey, about how to participate in urban design, renewal, and planning.
As mentioned in the podcast…This is a hand drawn map of downtown New Port Richey, found behind a rebuilt wall. It probably dates to the 1950s.
Monday, he rolled out the first lecture on this subject, “Seeing Urban”…A primer on how to recognize the elements of urban design (which is QUITE different from urban PLANNING). We learned so much…The different categories of land use, the natural boundaries and comfortable limits of urban spaces. It was fascinating, informative, and important.
I STRONGLY recommend folks attend the second part, “Doing Urban” Monday, May 15th, at 5:30. This next lecture will help folks understand how to impact urban design, to make sure our living areas are usable, vibrant, and healthy! Don’t forget, this is a FREE lecture series.
People Places is located at 5742 Main Street, in downtown New Port Richey:
Here are a few pics from Monday: