I came across this piece that reflects on the question how do we create public spaces which encourage strangers to interact?
Reading this, I was reminded me of the idea of flashmobs - the one of the best ones I've seen is this one in Auckland which turns a pedestrian area into a dance floor. Maybe we should suggest that the Halswell Drama Group sets up a flashmob outside the supermarket to advertise their productions!
What else? Another possible way of doing something is developing a market in Halswell. Thanks to Council processes this is quite an involved, and expensive business, but it is possible. Some folk are currently looking into how we might get over the consent hurdles and set up something regular here (watch this space for developments!). In the meantime, we have are our intermittent swap-a events (next one coming up on 29th Sept - check out details on this page).
|A Greening the Rubble site|
And perhaps there are a number of other places where something could be done to draw people into our public spaces - even our privately-owned public spaces?
And what about display space for community artworks? I"m sure there are places say at some of the churches where it would be possible to set up outdoor display space where we could run occasional events to make some kind of artwork.
What do you think?