Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Keeping Green Space Downtown

Design changes proposed in February 2012 for hotel/apartment building at the southeast corner of Ninth and New Hampshire streets in Downtown Lawrence. (from  http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2012/feb/07/town-talk-childrens-fun-center-coming-downtown-cha/ )

The Percolator Gallery is located in an alley at 9th and New Hampshire. What currently occupies the area in front of this building is undeveloped and open.  A proposal for a hotel on this land has many from the gallery concerned about the dininishing green space Downtown.

This month, the Percolator tackles this issue. On March 3, a new show opens: "This Green Space: Reimagining 9th and New Hampshire".  The show will contain Lawrence residents' ideas for what this space should be used for.  Here is what the proposal for this show called for:

"All – dreamers  architects  kids poets  elders  artists  dancers planners  and passersby – are invited to share your visions, poems, drawings, paintings, models, and musings for what this green space at the corner of 9th & New Hampshire in Lawrence, Kansas could become, and/or the place where you live in Any city, Anywhere. Share the story of how your green space has been, or could be re-imagined."

The issue is discussed further by keynote speaker Bob Berebile, "Healthy Communities and the Dialogue that Builds Them" on March 18. For more information on these events, check out the Percolator website: http://www.lcava.org/

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