Remember the beautiful grass that ” grows soft and white…and the children know the place where the sidewalk ends..”? (Shel Silverstein, poet).
In many urban neighborhoods that sidewalk doesn’t exist anymore – broken, dead-ending, or never even installed! Many children don’t know the joy of hopscotching on the sidewalk, practicing their roller skates or skateboard, or sitting on the curb and watching the world go by. In this year of thinking about BIg Infrastructure, some planners say let’s start with the lowest common denominator – the SIDEWALK in front of your home. Sidewalks in neighborhoods, in town centers, feeding into parks – all are pathways to building social connections – to gather, shop, have fun, eat together, and meet new people. The move is on – cities from Toronto to San Francisco are taking back the sidewalks! Denver, Colorado has a model plan as well.
[ Some say geography is destiny! In the large cities of the West, our space has allowed the post WW II development of a strong car culture – wide streets even in cozy small neighborhoods, and often no sidewalks. Another consequence of growth is the shrinking of our green areas. According to recent studies, development is eating away at Denver’s green space and the ‘city within a park’ is becoming a concrete metropolis. Green space in Denver is disappearing faster than in other cities. Paved-over cover was 19% in 1974; in 2019 it was 48%! Join us to discuss the situation, the scenarios, the solutions.]…
We will talk with a panel from Denver Streets Partnership to learn about how it’s working – or not – and get a real ‘Ant’s eye view’ of what it takes. If you have a sidewalk outside your door, you have a reason to join us!
- Where the Sidewalk Ends
April 14, 2021
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm