The Texas Public Radio Views and Brews forum last week on Placemaking was intersting and thought-provoking. Phil Myrick of the Project for Public Spaces (PPS) started the forum with a slide show presentation of successful (and unsuccessful) city revitalization projects. Mr. Myrick talked about the “Power of Ten” which is that a great place typically has at least 10 things to do in it.
The 125 attendees then split up into small groups to discuss the ideas for improving San Antonio’s downtown area which have been posted on the Project for Public Spaces website. We were asked to vote on our favorite ideas and also our favorite cheap and easy to implement projects. Ideas popular in mysmall group included streetcars, prohibiting cars on Alamo Street in front of the Alamo and bringing back the Houston Street Fair. Some of the new ideas mentioned at our table included interactive water features for children and a community garden where homeless people could grow their own food.
On the PPS website you can enter your favorite ideas for improving downtown San Antonio. Texas Public Radio announced that in three months TPR will be selecting a project to implement.