The second Larchmont 2021 community conversation on the future of Larchmont Blvd. takes place online tonight, Monday, July 12 at 7 p.m.
This session’s topic is placemaking, a planning term that describes how communities can come together to improve public spaces like Larchmont by offering a diversity of experiences such as shopping, eating and hanging out. Great public spaces are also accessible to everyone, nice to be in with trees and other amenities, and filled with activities for everyone to enjoy, like a farmers market or centennial celebration. Sound familiar? Larchmont’s already pretty great, but there’s room for improvement.
Placemaking conversations have been happening all over the world for decades, but the recent pandemic has really underscored the value of shared public space and the importance of community. As the nation emerges from the COVID-19 restrictions, communities are coming together to revitalize local business districts and re-think how we use our streets. Placemaking is something we can all participate in, even if we don’t own a business or property on the street, because we are part of the community.
Experts Howard Blackson, an urban designer in both the private and public sector, with a background in neighborhood development and advocacy, and Lindsay Wallace, who serves as Director of Strategic Projects and Design Services for Main Street America Institute, part of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, will present tonight.
You can register here for the virtual meeting. If you can’t join the Zoom, we will be recording the presentation and will also report on the discussion. Here’s our story about the first session on Retail Futures.
Larchmont 2021 is organized by a consortium of neighborhood-serving organizations, including the Larchmont Buzz, the Larchmont Business Association (LBA), the Larchmont Business Improvement District (BID), and the Windsor Square Association.