Civic art then and now: The culture of good place-making

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In the book Expedition Nine: Return to a Region, the great regional planner and founder of the Appalachian Trail, Benton Mackaye, pondered the culture of good place-making that founded Shirley Center, Massachusetts, in 1753, the hamlet where he grew up and spent much of his life: The committee made its report and recommendations (their “town plan”). The cornerstone would be the Meetinghouse (the “sacred tree” that went with the moot-hill). On one side would be the Churchyard, dedicated to eternity. On the other side the Common, devoted to posterity. Around this would be “clustered,” besides the homesteads and the Town Hall, the Meetinghouse, Schoolhouse and Country Store. They would make the “five senses” that constitute a complete rural community: home, government, religion, education, and commerce.1.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSitte, Hegemann and the Metropolis
Subtitle of host publicationModern Civic Art and International Exchanges
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)9781135234737
ISBN (Print)9780415424066
StatePublished - Jan 1 2009

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  • Arts and Humanities(all)
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