Note to Reader: This blog entry has been revised since first posted. I was experimenting with e-mail posting to my blog and the “zeroth” draft escaped the pending folder.
My friend Paul Adasiak posted a very interesting exercise I think we should all consider doing at home. The post is called Ten important places and was posted on Paul’s The Fairbanks Pedestrian on 11/12/09.
Paul starts out with:
Here’s a nice way to measure your neighborhood: Do you have ten interesting places? I’ve just begun The Great Neighborhood Book: A Do-it-Yourself Guide to Placemaking by Jay Walljasper — a concise and uplifting guide to making a neighborhood not only worth living in, but worth envying.
The rest of the entry deals with defining what a neighborhood is — mostly comfortable walking distance from your home and what kind of places qualify as interesting. If you live in Fairbanks, Paul would really like to hear from you.
With the first significant snowfall of the season outside my door today, I decided not to walk anew, so I might not remember all the places. But I’ll try to do this from memory.
Assuming a ten minute walking time:
- Douglas Cafe
- Douglas Library
- Douglas Methodist Church
- Sandy Beach
- Treadwell Historic Trail
- Savikko Park
- Treadwell Ice Area
If we assume a half hour walk from our home, then other places become reachable.
8. Overlook on Gastineau Channel, popular with tourists.
9. Trailhead for Gastineau Meadows trail
Should any readers live in Douglas, I’d like your take on whether I’ve missed anything. All readers except Fairbanksians are welcome to post their ten or so special places in comments.
This exercise was so interesting, I can see myself ILL’ing Great Neighborhood Book: A Do-it-Yourself Guide to Placemaking.