Author Archives: valendbid

About valendbid

Trans history lover, history and spanish student at Hollins University.

Community

The community meeting last Wednesday was not only fun, but informative for me. It was nice to see all of the people invested and interested in helping create the terrace into something even better than it is now. I also … Continue reading

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Parks and the Kaki Project

Jane Jacob’s chapter on parks versus sidewalks has stuck with me since we discussed it in class. I agree with her, mostly, and I’m aware of the historical context now. But I still do not particularly like how harsh she … Continue reading

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Thoughts on the Terrace

In class, we discussed our feelings and ideas about the terrace. For me, more seating seemed to be the most necessary arrangement to get people to come here casually in bigger numbers. Ideally, we would have nice seating, but to … Continue reading

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Sidewalks and Borgo Bello

In class, we discussed the readings on sidewalks and city safety by Jane Jacobs. This piece informed me a lot more on how a community comes together to protect themselves and others from crime and other unfortunate events. I hardly … Continue reading

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First Impressions in Borgo Bello by Valen Bidleman

Before the Placemaking class went down to visit the neighborhood of Borgo Bello, the district in which we focus our work, I had not even thought to adventure down here beforehand. I wish I had sooner. Borgo Bello was not busy … Continue reading

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