Through a series of playful temporary interventions, the pilot project will 1) begin the dialogue to engage residents along 4th Avenue and 2) test greening strategies and 3) create a socially engaged streetscape through experimental play...
Some initial questions:
- How might we transform the street into a living room for the weekend?
- How might we transform a few parking spaces into mini-gardens?
How might we form a new identity along 4th Avenue that connects these interventions together?
How might we collect the wishes of other residents passing by?
The thought of Fourth Avenue as a weekend living room is my idea of hell, & the talk of "new behaviors on the street" (queues for brunch? perhaps a return of the infamous dumpster swimming pool?) are only cause for unease. Despite the condos that tower over the avenue, I still like Fourth as a refuge from the crowds further east, and don't think it needs a "new identity" but I guess it'll soon be completely colonized by chattering hordes. Why does it (like so much of Manhattan & the western shores of Brooklyn ) have to become drained of real-world value, & turned into some sort of giant playland for immature, wealthy adults? It will soon be nothing at all.