April 28, 2017 – Last Day on the Throne

Today, I am parting my ways with the stone terrace. My Throne. The Sofa Hinge. It seems so hard to believe, that just months ago, I was assigned this sit spot. The semester has gone by quickly, and while usually, I am thanking the Lord for the swiftness, in which the semesters flow, I am…

Village Green’s Blight

Blight seems to be a prevalent issue of Macon, Georgia. Specifically in Village Green. Questions such as those below have been asked: What if you’re a child living in a blighted community that isn’t next to Mercer, or the hospitals, or downtown?  What if your blighted neighborhood is low-density?  What if your park space has…

The Construction of 2nd Street Corridor

The 2nd Street Downtown Corridor Area 3 of Downtown Macon is to be a product of mixed-use. Mixed-use developments absolutely differ from single use areas because it entails many different avenues and integrates commercial, residential, and industrial uses. To some extent, I feel that the vision of 2nd Street Corridor will be successful. The idea that…

Mill Hill East Macon Arts Village

Have you ever visited a city, filled with rich history, failing to receive the care to keep its literal doors upon the hinges? The city of Macon, Georgia and the people participating in the Mill Hill Village Project know this all too well. Bibb Mill Auditorium is currently one of the city’s targets. Being the…

“The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces”

It has been noted that “William Whyte’s The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces is one of the most oft-cited resources in a new approach to park design”. Before reading his works, I decided to do a little research concerning his stance on city spaces. Whyte mentioned the importance of the sun and its ability…

Sit Spot – 4/10/17

As I was walking to class this morning, I ran into Celia. She was bringing me gardening gloves because I never purchased any for the semester. What I learned from her is that her dad has his own lawn company, so that’s why she was able to bring Trey and I extra gardening gloves. I was…

The Death & Life of Great American Cities – 5

The Death and Life of Great American Cities, by Jane Jacobs, has taken the revitalized sense that parks tend to bring to its attendees, to an area that “need[s] the boon of life and appreciation… [because] they are supposed to be the “lungs of the city”” (Jacob 116). Lately, I have been reading excerpts from Frederick…

April 3, 2017

Today, the moms were actually working out in my spot today. I was walking with Dr. Silver and Brandi. He was so excited that they were exercising in that area. The original idea was to create those various areas. within Tatnall Square Park, where the activities could occur. What a great day! Vertical jumps on…

The Significance of Parks

To both Andrew Jackson Downing and Frederick Law Olmsted, there is a mutual agreeance in the benefit of public parks and it’s ability to “beat down artificial barriers”. Both public space extraordinaire’s like to harp on the social integration that public parks initiate. Olmsted goes to the point of actual facts that confirm the importance…

10 Ways to Resist Authoritarianism

What is authoritarianism?  The dictionary describes authoritarianism as, “the enforcement or advocacy of strict obedience to authority at the expense of personal freedom”. When looking at the history of authoritarianism, it is quite easy to notice certain characteristics even in the United States. Currently, now in our country, the United States, there are many who…