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Borrowed Spaces

In a piece examining the proliferation of plazas and public space, former Dwell editor Allison Arieff talks about the recent shift from top-heavy, expensive projects to nimble, cheap alternatives: "Today, people and the cities they live in are short on cash but long on ingenuity ... Programs like Pavement to Parks ... are being done for next to no money. ...'Why give over valuable real estate for a picnic table and a couple of planters?' You don’t have to give it up; let people borrow it. The barely discernible footprint (and next-to-nothing budgets) of these parks allows for temporality." And then the plazas were fruitful, and they multiplied. [Allison Arieff, previously]