In their recent newsletter, AARP Livable Communities focused on cities that are “activating” their alleyways into vibrant community spaces that turn into more than a pass-through or a place people avoid.
In 2017, the community planning and design firm Team Better Block helped to reimagine a stretch of Tyler Street in Pittsfield.
The alleyway activation, conceived by resident Kate Louzon, attracted attention for its umbrella canopy and seemingly magnetic powers. “I came across the umbrella alley in Portugal and I thought it would be really cool to do it in Pittsfield,” she explains in a Team Better Block after-event report. About the temporarily transformed space, the firm declared: “Kate Louzon created a warm and inviting space for sitting, conversing, eating or simply people-watching. It was the show stopper of the project!”
More info on the Pittsfield project is available here.