Placemaking: “Clearwater Residents Encouraged To Beautify Public Spaces In 2020”

Placemaking: “Clearwater Residents Encouraged To Beautify Public Spaces In 2020”

Photo: City of Clearwater

“The city will officially launch its Placemaking Playbook featuring five public art projects in January.

They’re an inevitable fixture in any cityscape but, face it, Dumpsters and storm drains are hardly attractive.

The City of Clearwater, however, is recruiting residents and business people to lend their talents to turn these eyesores into works of art.

During the New Year, residents are encouraged to help beautify the city and turn Dumpsters and drains into meaningful public art by covering them in colorful murals.

The city kicked off its Storm Drain Mural Program Oct. 7 with a ribbon-cutting for the inaugural mural at the corner of Fort Harrison Avenue and Cleveland Street in downtown Clearwater. The city commissioned Clearwater artist Beth Warmath to paint the first storm drain mural…

The city followed up in November by introducing its Dumpster Art Program in which residents are invited to paint murals on Dumpsters around the city.

‘This program presents a unique opportunity to transform something that isn’t traditionally beautiful into a work of art,’ said Juliahna Green, neighborhoods coordinator for the City of Clearwater.

The city will provide the blank canvas — the Dumpsters — and all the necessary supplies. Participants need only to supply their time, creativity and ideas to beautify the Dumpsters located at schools, apartment buildings and businesses.


Photo: City of Clearwater

Applications can be submitted by individuals or teams and must specify the design and intended location. The city must approve the application before painting may begin.

‘Projects like this have the power to brighten up street corners and bring communities together around a common project: a bright and beautiful Clearwater,’ Green said.


Photo: City of Clearwater

This is the fifth placemaking project the city launched in 2019. Placemaking is a multi-faceted approach to planning, designing and managing public spaces that promote people’s health, happiness and well-being.

Earlier this summer, the city introduced the placemaking projects Sidewalk Rain Art and Signal Box Art.

And, in October, the city initiated the Little Free Library program to promote literacy as well as community placemaking.

Under the Little Free Library, residents are encouraged to design and erect a public library box in to use as a free book exchange. The city encourages the use of recycled materials to create colorful book drops or residents can order a pre-made library that can be painted, decorated and installed in front of a coffee shop, public building, bus stop or school…”

— D’Ann Lawrence White, Patch

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“St Pete hosts world’s largest Christmas light maze and market”

“St Pete hosts world’s largest Christmas light maze and market”

Photo: Enchant Christmas

“Enchant Christmas, the world’s largest Christmas light maze and market featuring larger-than-life light sculptures is taking over Tropicana Field from Nov. 22 to Dec. 29.

Visitors will glide along the light-adorned ice skating trail, mosey through a Christmas market of more than 40 local artisan vendors, listen as carolers sing favorite holiday tunes, enjoy food and drinks, and visit with Santa at Santa’s Landing. ”

Photo: Enchant Christmas

— D’Ann Lawrence White, Patch Staff
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Scenic Jacksonville: Sense of Place Exhibit at Museum of Science and History

Scenic Jacksonville: Sense of Place Exhibit at Museum of Science and History

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“Scenic Jacksonville is proud to sponsor the ‘Sense of Place’ portion of the Timucuan Parks Foundation exhibit at the Museum of Science and History, Jacksonville. The exhibition, titled ‘Timucuan Parks Foundation: Celebrate and Explore Our Wilderness Parks,’ celebrates the foundation’s 20th anniversary and runs through May 31, 2020. ”

— Scenic Jacksonville
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Placemaking Technology: Shine Mural Festival in St Pete has a new twist this year

Placemaking Technology: Shine Mural Festival in St Pete has a new twist this year

Photo: Charlie Belcher, Charlie’s World, Fox 13 News
“Company brings wall murals into focus through smart app”

“There is a new way to learn even more about the murals in downtown St. Petersburg, thanks to Pixelstix.

They’ve teamed up with the folks from SHINE Mural Festival to create a digital gallery.

Using a smartphone with the Pixelstix app, visitors to a mural can scan a Pixelstix plaque which will load docent-level information about the mural and the artist onto their device.

Additionally, interactive maps show the locations of the festival’s collection of murals, creating a personalized mural tour… ”

— Charlie Belcher, Fox 13 News
See video to learn about the new technology, meet the founder of Pixelstix and experience Charlie’s World
Read more about the Shine Festival and murals in Tampa Bay Times

700 hundred new trees planned: “The new St. Pete Pier is now getting trees”

700 hundred new trees planned: “The new St. Pete Pier is now getting trees”

Photo: From article in FLAPOL

“The new St. Pete Pier is getting its first touches of nature this week. The city began planting the first of 700 trees throughout the district…

The first round of tree planting is happening in the marketplace area of the new pier district. That area is in front of the St. Petersburg Museum of History and north to about Spa Beach.

When completed, it will include several stalls for vendors including both food and retail as well as tables and chairs and shaded tent areas.

The palm trees will line the corridor, creating a tropical feel.

‘You’ll feel like you’re on vacation walking through the Pier District,’ the city wrote in a post accompanying the video…

— Janelle Irwin Taylor,FLAPOL

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“Who Will Benefit from Miami’s New Rails-to-Trails Park?”

“Who Will Benefit from Miami’s New Rails-to-Trails Park?”

Artist’s Rendering
“Miami’s newest infrastructure project happened after Meg Daly broke both her arms.

‘I couldn’t do anything for myself for a while,’ Daly says. After three weeks of getting driven to physical therapy, she decided to hop on Miami’s Metrorail, a mostly elevated rail system.

‘I ended up taking the train, getting off and then walking below the train above me,’ Daly says. That’s when she noticed the undeveloped land beneath the train. ‘I was like: Why aren’t we doing something with this land?’

Photo: Meg Daly
So she thought of the idea for the Underline, a 10-mile, 120-acre linear park with a walking and biking path that will be built under the rail tracks. The Underline, plans to connect South Miami, Coral Gables and downtown Miami, follows in the footsteps of projects such as New York City’s High Line and Atlanta’s BeltLine. Daly founded the nonprofit Friends of the Underline in 2015 in order to partner with Miami-Dade County — who owns the land — and secure funds for ongoing operations.

After years of planning and having discussions with the community, the Underline broke ground on Nov. 1, 2018, with the first half-mile segment now under construction. The management, maintenance and programming of the Underline will be run by the Underline Management Organization, a nonprofit represented by Friends of The Underline, Miami-Dade County, the Florida Department of Transportation, the Federal Transit Administration and three municipalities…”

— Adina Solomon, Next City

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