"Not waiting for perfection enables immediate progress and emboldens adjustments to our spaces based on data. In 2011, we brought the first Parklets—innovative seating platforms—to Philadelphia (Hack). We started with two small Parklets and expanded to six throughout the community, adjusting the design based on user feedback (Tinker). We made them strong, durable, and flexible. This built trust with neighbors, shop owners, and City officials such that within three years Parklets went from a UCD experiment to a program that the City runs in communities throughout Philadelphia. "
On March 14th, Project for Public Spaces (PPS) hosted a 2 day workshop in the Gettys Courtroom, where RHEDC, community members, Placemaking team members, and city staff came together to identify placemaking opportunities in Knowledge Park. We participated in several group exercises, did a walking tour of downtown, and created concept placemaking maps for 5 specific locations. PPS then created a Placemaking Master Plan in the following weeks, designed to activate underutilized spaces in Knowledge Park that will attract knowledge workers, businesses, residents, and visitors. More information about PPS: https://www.pps.org/