Texas Public Radio is hosting Views and Brews: Placemaking, a casual community forum that combines cold beer and frothy discussion where citizens can exchange ideas on how to transform a city’s public spaces to revitalize their neighborhoods. The conversation takes place on Thursday, August 18 at 6:30 p.m., at Warehouse Music, located at 1305 E Houston Street.
Placemaking is a community-driven, collaborative process that provides a springboard to re-imagine and redevelop parks, town squares and other public spaces into places that promote the health, happiness and well-being of a city. The process can help turn an empty parking lot into an open air market or transform a library into a thriving cultural center by uniting citizens in the common goal of improving the community in which they live.
At Views & Brews: Placemaking, Phil Myrick of the Project for Public Spaces (www.pps.org) will lead a discussion on the community revitalization concept. He will detail how the city of San Antonio is collecting ideas to adopt the practice downtown to help make the city’s center more vibrant and livable. Views & Brews attendees will then work with community facilitators to identify locations downtown where placemaking can be implemented and share ideas on what can be done to transform these spaces into vibrant community centers.
Examples of successful placemaking projects from around the nation are available at Project for Public Spaces website, www.pps.org. There visitors can use an interactive map to suggest placemaking projects for downtown San Antonio. The City of San Antonio will use interactive map submissions and input shared at Views and Brews to identify placemaking projects to support and fund.
Views & Brews: Placemaking is open to the public for a suggested donation of $10 for Texas Public Radio members and $12 for non-members. Attendees can take part in the conversation while enjoying two bottles of Alamo Golden Ale courtesy of Alamo Beer Company with tasty appetizers from Beto's Comida Latina. Reservations can be made at www.tpr.org.
Views &Brews: Placemaking, a Texas Public Radio community engagement initiative, is sponsored by Alamo Beer Company, Plaza de Armas and Lake | Flato Architects.