The Power Of Public Space: Urban Revitalization In New York And Medelli?n
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The role of public space in a neighborhood cannot be emphasized enough. Regardless of cultural, economic, or social context, these communal spaces play an important role in the lives of residents. How much power do these design interven ons actually have, though? Specifically, what role can design and public space play in the revitaliza on of urban communi es? This rather complex ques on is one that this paper seeks to address. In seeking an answer to this inquiry, I will consider two neighborhoods as case studies: Santo Domingo in Medelli?n, Colombia, and West Chelsea in New York, New York. These communi es will be studied in regard to the urban interven ons that drama cally re?shaped them. Within these analyses, I will look at the poli cal and theore cal underpinnings of these projects. Addi onally, I will assess the experien al and logis cal effects of these interven ons. Lastly, I will consider the implica ons that these projects have for a broader understanding of urban interven ons and revitalized space.