Make the street a living room. That's the aim of California landscape architect Steve Rasmussen-Cancian, who sees the simple act of building and placing benches, planters, and other street furniture as a way to build stronger communities... and, according to this article, prevent the displacement of low-income people that often accompanies gentrification.
We're fans of domesticating public space: all neighborhoods should have the option of a casual chat with a neighbor.
The reduction in crime and drug sales makes sense -- those are activities associated with a vacant lot, not your neighbor's living room.
What do you think? Would you chip in to build a couple of benches for your own street?
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