Community Open Space Initiatives: Nihonmachi
way that is impossible to cross in most places. There is an abundance of residential and commercial va- cancy, derelict open spaces, car-oriented spaces and parking lots, homelessness, drug use, drug dealing and prostitution. The residents and other members of the neighborhood have expressed a great desire for a higher degree of public safety. There is also a lack of workforce housing and residential population density. Little public transportation exists in the area and open space is limited. One of the few open spaces, Kobe Terrace Park/Danny Woo Garden, is plagued with a population of tenacious drug users.
. Planning and Design Strategies
Improving Existing Spaces
Celebrating Culture and History in Spaces
Discovering New Spaces
Multiple Function in Spaces
The Nihonmachi group focused on integrating, en- hancing and connecting two types of public space in the neighborhood: parks and streets. Some projects emphasized certain themes such as revealing cultural history, discovering underutilized spaces or creating spaces with multiple functions. Sites were generally
(Adapted from Dubrow, 2003)
chosen based on their ability to enhance neighborhood connectivity and individual design strategies often sought to enhance the aesthetic quality and resident’s perceptions of safety in the neighborhood.
. Design Projects
The four design projects focused on creating improve- ments for a number of locations in the community. Kobe Terrace Park, the street right of way in Danny Woo Garden, the alleys between, 5th and 7ths streets and Main and Jackson streets, and Main Street. A map of the project locations is provided on page 7 along with the corresponding designers. In the follow- ing pages, a synopsis of each of the four design proj- ects are provided.
Historic Map (pre-WWII)