Placemaking: Home and Abroad

Based on what we have learned so far and what I already knew, I have come to truly appreciate the concept of placemaking. Jane Jacobs discusses several key points in her essay, most notably the fact that one must correspond with the local community. Without communication with the inhabitants of a place, the place cannot be changed or improved correctly. I find this concept to be extremely important. In the United States, there is a recurring theme of “modern renewal”. Out with the old and in with the new. This causes all too much friction. Luckily, some areas have a system that engages with those who live in these places, and this lets a place renew itself without becoming too different, or without disrupting the lives of the inhabitants.

In my hometown of Babylon, NY, many works projects in the oldest and more famous areas are closely scrutinized as to make sure the look of the project stays true and genuine to the vintage feel of the town and community. Because of pre-existing infrastructural stability due to figures like Robert Moses, Babylon is not often needing of renovation, but renewal is still existent.

This attitude needs to be replicated across the world. In order to renew and maintain a place, one must correspond with the inhabitants to make sure the project works with the look and the layout of the land, as well as the demands of the people.

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