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“When public spaces are successful […] they will increase opportunities to participate in communal activity.” -Carr, Francis, Rivlin and Stone, 1993, p. 344

SILVER SPRING CIVIC PLACES ASSESSMENT Silver Spring, MD


Placemaking IS:               

Community-driven Visionary Function before form Adaptable Inclusive Focused on creating destinations Flexible Culturally aware Ever changing Multi-disciplinary Transformative Context-sensitive Inspiring Collaborative Sociable

Source: PPS.ORG http://www.pps.org/reference/what_i s_placemaking/

Project for Public Spaces


Silver Spring Metro Station

Veterans Plaza

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Pedestrian Sheds


Historical, modern, eclectic, cultural, and dynamic.

“The Plan envisions shaded, tree-lined and well-placed green parks and plazas, creating a comprehensive system of open spaces that provide economic, environmental, and aesthetic benefits thought downtown.” Montgomery County’s Silver Spring Central Business District Sector Plan. Pg. 22


Stakeholders


Definitions


Veterans Plaza Civic park type: Plaza Stake holder: Montgomery County “A community is more than bricks-andmortar. Its expression, values, and future are determined by the time and effort people spend with each other. From story hour at the library to job training, Silver Spring will build a stronger community. The physical environment should support that growth.� Source: Silver Spring Central Business District Sector Plan, Pg. 21


Sensory Garden Civic park type: Garden Stake holder: First Security Bank National Assoc. c/o Discovery Communications, Inc.

“This Plan views civic facilities as partners in economic revitalization. New and regenerated facilities will draw people downtown, returning it to the center of community life and creating opportunities for economic and social connections.� Source: Silver Spring Central Business District Sector Plan, Pg. 21


Discovery Court Civic park type: Court Stake holder: First Security Bank National Assoc. c/o Discovery Communications, Inc. “This Plan views civic facilities as Civic spaces are formal or informal, large or small, public or private-anywhere people meet, cross paths, and gather. From sidewalks to plazas, Silver Spring should have a variety of civic spaces.� Source: Silver Spring Central Business District Sector Plan, Pg. 21


Ellsworth (Silver Plaza) Civic park type: Urban Square Stake holder: Montgomery County c/o Peterson Retail Management, LC “An urban area’s greatest economic asset and strongest physical definition comes from its pedestrian environment. Sidewalks and streets scaled to walkers create active environments where people can shop, commute, recreate, and socialize.” Source: Silver Spring Central Business District Sector Plan, Pg. 21


Transit Station Green Civic park type: Court (proposed) Stake holder: Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority “Transportation choices go beyond the car to link local and regional buses and trains, bikes and foot travel. A system of paths combined with a full complement of transportation options and sidewalks can increase mobility for the elderly, handicapped, children, and those without a car.� Source: Silver Spring Central Business District Sector Plan, Pg. 17


BioWall Plaza Civic park type: Urban Square Stake holder: United Therapeutics Corporation “Incorporating environmental improvements, recreation facilities, and landscaped parks, plazas, and sidewalks into downtown revitalization will make Silver Spring more competitive in the metropolitan-area commercial and residential markets.� Source: Silver Spring Cen tral Business District Sector Plan, Pg. 22


Cameron Plaza Civic park type: Urban Square Stake holder: Fairfield Silver Spring, LP

Sculpture: Sysyphus by Wendy M. Ross

“Incorporating environmental improvements, recreation facilities, and landscaped parks, plazas, and sidewalks into downtown revitalization will make Silver Spring more competitive in the metropolitan-area commercial and residential markets.� Source: Silver Spring Central Business District Sector Plan, Pg. 22


Silver Petals Plaza Civic park type: Urban Square Stake holder: Montgomery County “linked open space system of gardens and parks should be designed and located for high visibility to offer seasonal variety, to be safe, to increase property values, and to provide flexible recreation opportunities.” Sculpture: “Petalos Refrejantes” by Wilfredo Valladere

Source: Silver Spring Central Business District Sector Plan, Pg. 23


Jessup Blair Park Civic park type: Neighborhood Park Stake holder: Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission “Incorporating nature into the city makes both economic and environmental sense. An environment of superior aesthetic...the improved image and amenity of a welldesigned and located park-creates value for property owners and users, employees and residents. Source: Silver Spring Central Business District Sector Plan, Pg. 22


Opportunities for Placemaking “A park is a protected area set aside for human recreation and enjoyment.� Thadani, Dhiru A. The Language of Town Cities, A Visual Dictionary


Civic Areas Name Dedication

Rachel Louise Carson (May 27, 1907 – April 14, 1964)

Dominique Dawes November 20, 1976


Demographic Trends Source: Nielsen, My Best Segments.



Small Household Composition



Transit Oriented urban dwellers.



Gen X and Millennials are the largest population.



Active Lifestyle


Diverse and Active Civic Places

Director Square, Portland Oregon

Montgomery County looks to get hip Washington Post, 10/20/2013 http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/district-dwellers-deliver-a-baby-boom/2013/10/20/f4b41e54-31dc-11e3-9c681cf643210300_story.html


Urban Play Grounds

District dwellers deliver a baby boom Washington Post, 10/20/2013 http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/district-dwellers-deliver-a-baby-boom/2013/10/20/f4b41e54-31dc-11e3-9c681cf643210300_story.html


Urban Dog Parks

Multifamily for Millennials: Housing the Next Generation University of St. Thomas, 08/16/2011http://blogs.stthomas.edu/realestate/2011/08/16/multifamily-for-millennialshousing-the-next-generation/


Bicycle Lanes, Cycle Tracks and more

With new apps, D.C. millennials help fuel an evolution away from sitting behind the wheel Washington Post, 10/01/2013 http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/trafficandcommuting/dc-transit-apps-growth-helps-fuel-an-evolution-away-from-sittingbehind-the-wheel/2013/10/01/1fadc1da-2a0f-11e3-b139-029811dbb57f_story.html


What ifG

Hollywood [,Fl.] seeks input on improving Hollywood Boulevard Sun Sentinel, 11/03/2013 http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/broward/hollywood/fl-hollywood-streets-meeting-brf-20131103,0,3833130.story


Montgomery County Ike Leggett, Executive Executive Office Building
101 Monroe Street 2nd Floor
Rockville, MD 20850 240.777.2500


Silver Spring Regional Center Reemberto Rodriguez, Director One Veterans Place Silver Spring, MD 20910 240.777.5301/5300


“A city is not an accident but the result of coherent visions and aims.” -Leon Krier, The Architecture Community

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