City Repair: What Happens When Neighbors Paint Intersections (Video)
Image credit:City Repair
In one way or another, TreeHugger has covered the idea of 'place making' hundreds of times before. From Brooklyn kids painting the pavement to Dutch towns abolishing traffic lights to San Francisco turning intersections into parks, the idea that we can reclaim public space to prioritize people and relationships over cars and trucks is a simple yet revolutionary concept. So it's amazing to me that we've yet to cover City Repair - a Portland-based non-profit dedicated to the art of placemaking. Click below the fold to check out a video of their work in action.
Run as an entirely volunteer-based, non-profit organization, City Repair is based in Portland, Oregon. (Where else?) It's central mission is localization of culture, of economy, of decision-making as a cornerstone of sustainability.
Projects include the annual Village Building Convergence, where people gather at neighborhood sites throughout Portland to engage in intersection repair - gatherings of painting the street, meeting your neighbors and planting gardens. City repair also hosts the Village Planting Convergence (also known as City Riparian), and operates a mobile tea house called the T-Horse.
But all this is pure theory until you see their work in action, so check out the video below. There really is something wonderful about seeing grown adults getting covered in paint and talking to their neighbors rather than sitting in front of the tube (or reading environmental blogs for that matter...)