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From Parking Lot to Public Square

I know that a lot of us are thinking about the day that we will see infill buildings erected on top of a number of our surface parking lots in Downtown Buffalo.

I just thought that I would pass along a project that was completed in Fort Worth, where a giant surface lot was transformed into a vibrant and thriving community gathering place. We all know the reasons why we don’t hang out on parking lots (except for Bills games).

Can you picture yourself chilling in a place like the one that was created here? Suddenly this parcel of land has become the epicenter of a neighborhood?

When you look at this urban block, tell me what you see.

Me? I envision the M&T parking lot where the old Washington Market once stood – in-between the Market Arcade and the new Washington Market (bounded by Washington Street, Chippewa, Ellicott and St. Michael’s Place).

Can you imagine what this would do for that area, especially with everything happening along the Genesee Gateway, and on Main Street?

You can read all about this terrific place making project “Sundance Square” on The Project for Public Spaces website.



Written by queenseyes


Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside, Buffalo Porchfest, and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market on Elmwood. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at Statler City, the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival, and The Flutterby Festival.

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