- Placemaking Film & Discussion at 3S Artspace October 26
- Placemaking & Walkability Workshop October 29 in Portsmouth
(PORTSMOUTH, NH – October 16, 2016) – Why are we drawn to Market Square and Marcy Street, yet don’t linger at Vaughn Mall or on Maplewood Avenue? Explore what makes certain spaces appealing, and how we can replicate those features to create more inviting places in Portsmouth.
Join the conversation about PLACEMAKING IN PORTSMOUTH, a two-part free event presented by PS21. Through community discussions about placemaking, we can help our city become more livable and walkable, as well as more economically and socially healthy.
Wednesday, October 26 at 7 PM at 3S Artspace, 319 Vaughn St.: Attend a screening of The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces, a classic, influential film that explores the successes and failures of public spaces in New York City. William H. “Holly” Whyte and his team observed and recorded how and why people chose a variety of public spaces like plazas, streetscapes, and playgrounds. The documentary will be followed by a short discussion about Portsmouth’s public spaces in anticipation of Saturday’s workshop.
Saturday, October 29 from noon to 4:30 PM, starting at Discover Portsmouth, 10 Middle St. : Participate in a placemaking workshop and walkability audit led by noted New England planner and smart growth expert Jane Lafleur. Small groups will walk to selected downtown sites to identify what’s working in those public spaces, and what aspects can be improved upon.
“These discussions and activities are a way to engage the Portsmouth community as it faces decisions about what will help the city grow and prosper without hurting what keeps it competitive and unique,” Lafleur, a consultant with Lift360, explained.
“Everyone has favorite places in the downtown area,” said Doug Roberts, chair of the volunteer group Portsmouth Smart Growth for the 21st Century (PS21). “These events will help people why these places work, and how we can replicate their appeal.”
Both events are free and open to the public, and presented by PS21 as part of its 2016-2017 series to stimulate discussion about policy and planning issues affecting Portsmouth.
Please register at www.ps21.info/rsvp to help ensure sufficient seating at both events and materials at the workshop. The workshop is limited to 60 participants.
Season Sponsors: Piscataqua Savings Bank, Coruway Film Institute
Event Partners: 3S Artspace, City of Portsmouth, Seacoast Media Group, The Sound
ABOUT PS21: Portsmouth Smart Growth for the 21st Century (PS21) presents ideas and encourages discussion and policy development around planning issues in Portsmouth, N.H. and the Seacoast. Our goal is to support a vibrant, sustainable, livable, and walkable community compatible with the principles of smart growth, the historic nature of Portsmouth, and the context of the 21st century. PS21 maintains a blog and e-newsletter at www.ps21.info, and archives video of many events.
Past events, all free and open to the public, have included: the Islington Street tactical urbanism project; presentation and workshops on affordable housing with planner Jennifer Hurley; presentation and workshop on “Walkable Cities” with author and planner Jeff Speck; presentation by parking expert Michael Manville; a walking tour of the city’s developing North End; an overview of Portsmouth street design by expert and Portsmouth resident Rick Chellman; a discussion about Seacoast transportation modes; a presentation on changing cityscapes by Pulitzer Prize-winning architectural critic Robert Campbell; a workshop with Plan NH about leading Portsmouth to a healthy and vibrant future; and a film screening of the architectural film “The Human Scale.” ps21.info | Facebook | Twitter