How to Turn Some Ugly Asphalt into a Park

#1. Paint it green/orange/rainbow swirls. Whatever. The point is, it needs some lacquer, like makeup, to spruce it up.

#2. Put some chairs on it. (Tables: bonus!)

#3. Add some barriers so cars can’t drive onto it. Slabs of broken concrete work nicely. Lovely planters are also good if you want to get fancy about it.

Pedestrian plaza, Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass (DUMBO), Brooklyn, NYC. Courtesy of one Ms. Janette Sadik-Khan, city transportation commissioner.

Why is it that someone in New York thought of this and not one of the 15,000 people in Cleveland whose job it is to think of uses for vacant land? And more importantly, why aren’t we doing it, a lot, everywhere?

-A.S.

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