It is no secret that Greenville, SC has a great downtown. When people want to go downtown just to sit along the sidewalk, you know you have arrived at "placemaking". In this case, all of Main Street is a destination. Within that destination are many other destinations.
As we think about placemaking, we need to give strong consideration to streets and sidewalks as opportunities.
An indoor-outdoor relationship is a design tool that can help achieve an interesting dynamic on the street. In an urban environment, it is when a business-restaurant/retail, or other opens a side of the building to the street or a
courtyard. There are minimal walls, or permanent windows to impede the inside environment from spilling into the street The transition between inside and out becomes seamless, offering a more welcoming, and active gathering spot. These places often become destinations. Encouraging this type of design in applicable future development can be very beneficial for placemaking.
This is a picture of a popular restaurant in downtown Greenville.