When I saw this challenge from Jakesprinter I knew exactly which Urban Design I wanted to highlight. In the city closest to me, Winchester Virginia, they recently renovated the old walking mall. I liked the way it was before just fine but I am not one of those who fights change. Honestly they did more sprucing up than renovating. They added more flowers, lights, and waterfalls to give it a real old town downtown feel.
This was once the hub of the community but Urban sprawl, Wal-Mart, Costco, and Lowe’s have taken the businesses that once thrived here. So the community, like so many small communities across the country is remaking itself into an arts district. Restaurants, museums, art galleries, coffee shops, and music venues are now the mainstay of this community.
Our town is about to go through a major Urban Design renovation and all the naysayers are out in full force. 20 years ago pear trees were planted along King Street, the major thoroughfare through Strasburg and the complaints were vapid. Last week they cut many of those beautiful trees down and the same people cried “foul”.
Okay, I don’t really know it was the same people but they sound like the same ones.
“This is just Strasburg, why try to make it any more than it is?”
“People come from the city and want to change everything. If you don’t like our town go back to where you came from”.
“How much is THAT going to cost?!”
“I guess our taxes and water and sewer rates will go up to pay for that”
These are the editorial comments you read in the paper. You can exchange them for any decade you like.
I’m ready for a change. I say “Bring it!”.