‘Pop-up public space’ comes to Highlandtown

Htown_screenpaint_benchLast Wednesday, the Southeast Community Development Corporation unveiled a new public space in front of Baltimore Threadquarters, a fiber arts store on S. Conkling St. The pop-up public space, based on the needs of community members who attended a place-making workshop last spring, consists of three wooden benches constructed around beautifully “yarn bombed” street trees: an urban, arty analog of a park bench under a tree canopy.“When we did the place-making workshop last spring, people said the intersection of Conkling and Eastern had ‘too much brick, too much brown, and not enough light,’” says Kari Snyder, director of community programs for the SECDC.“They also wanted a place that was comfortable and shaded. The idea is to make the space a place where people will enjoy hanging out,” Snyder adds. The benches, which are circular, encourage face-to-face conversation, and the yarn-bombed trees are dressed in crocheted pieces made by local residents.

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