Where will Phoenicians gather outdoors to meet, debate?
With the demise of Patriots Square Park in downtown Phoenix and the limited amount of acreage at the now-under-construction Downtown Civic Space, where will the grand public gatherings be held in or around downtown Phoenix?
As a reference point from another Western U.S. city, Portland, OR’s Waterfront Park hosted a May 18, 2008 primary rally for Presidential candidate Barack Obama. The local fire department estimated 75,000 people in attendance, while the Washington Post, in their coverage of this event, considered the record crowd to be the size of a city.
A proposal by the local chapters of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), pictured at left, “envisions a more formalized public space in downtown Phoenix which expands the proposed boundaries of the space into the streets, and invites casual public interaction with retail shops, food and beverage options, and shaded seating areas separated and protected by street bollards.”
Posted on August 11, 2008, in Downtown Vitality, History, Parks & Open Space and tagged Arizona State Fairgrounds, Barack Obama, Civic Space, Downtown Phoenix, Patriot's Square Park, Portland, Steele Indian School Park, Wesley Bolin Memorial Plaza. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.