Some of the most exciting urban opportunities created by Pierre L’Enfant’s vision of DC come in the form of pocket parks; formed where the diagonal avenues meet the orthagonal street grid of our capitol city. The Triangle has not one or two but several of these parks.
Parc Citroen – Paris (Courtesy of vincent.m on flickr)
Having spent the past year in Paris there is a special place in my heart that understands and yearns for the full potential of these spaces. Currently these parks serve but a portion of the Triangle’s population, some of them crazy and some of them four-legged. I have yet to see a good cross section of the Triangle’s population enjoying these little pockets of green in our neighborhood.
Millenium Park – Chicago (Courtesy of eddieq on flickr)
Perhaps the problem lies in the lack of adequate landscape, hardscape and streetscape. Why don’t we take a look at some beautiful parks across the world for inspiration as to what these prime pieces of urban greenery can be if we dedicate ourselves to the public realm of our neighborhood.
Paley Park – New York City (Courtesy of chrislworships on flickr)