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Volunteer Opportunity: Public Life Public Space Project

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What: Help conduct the 2nd Annual Public Space Public Life survey, along Main Street, the River Front, and in the Vista and adjacent neighborhoods in downtown Columbia.

When: Thursday April 6th and Saturday April 8th

Where: Select locations in downtown Columbia

Why: Data from this survey could help expand the What’s Next Midlands outdoor seating project, in addition to other improvements and additions in public spaces.

How: Learn more or sign up here.


About the project
Public space is what connects the people and places in cities and neighborhoods together. A high quality public realm that supports vibrant public life is critical to making downtown and nearby neighborhoods inviting places to live, work and play. The Central Carolina Community Foundation and the City of Columbia are partnering to lead an ethnographic architectural analysis of selected public spaces. The analysis, which includes the study of people in their natural environments, will be conducted using a Public Space Public Life Survey format developed during the 2015 Gehl Studio study of Columbia’s downtown. The survey will help determine who uses the area’s public spaces – streets and sidewalks included – and how they use them. A greater understanding of people’s behavior, as well as new data, will help to influence people-oriented planning and policy that inspires creative, people-first designs in Columbia’s public spaces.

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