Urban Planning Journal By Brooke Peters


These photos were taken on April 6th, 2017 in Downtown Gainesville. The photo on the right is of a few commercial shops available to the public. The photo on the left is of the Hippodrome Theater which was historically a post office and courtroom. Gainesville often incorporates historical buildings with the modern renovations they plan to bring to the city. The location of the vendors as well as incorporating symbolically valuable buildings are a great addition the opportunities in Gainesville.


This photo was taken on March 22nd, 2017. This is an example of infrastructure proving hazardous to bikers and pedestrians. There is no working sidewalk on either side of the intersection due to construction. This makes the roadway unsafe and aesthetically displeasing. In the grand landscape of things this area will be developed like its neighboring area on the below
This area, in my opinion, is a poor use of space. The are consists mostly of paved roadway and stone benches. In an effort to improve this use of space I would expect further development of the landscape. This area is near infinity hall and a Trimark Property owned hotel but has no other amenities or attractions nearby.
This was taken on April 14th, 2017. This is a historical site that was once a train station now converted into a park and restaurant. The overall energy is positive and there does not seem to be many issues with loitering.

Public Spaces

These photos were taken on April 10th, 2017. There are many areas throughout Gainesville which are flooded with homeless and loitering people.
The difference between the city of Gainesville near UF campus and beyond that is difficult to ignore. Tent City and subsidized dormitories have been used to address this issue to no avail.
In an effort to deter homeless people from loitering in this public space, as well as any skateboarders, the city used anti-homeless spikes and barred benches. These would make sleeping uncomfortable and consequently deter anyone from doing so in this public space.
This public space could be filled with public works, or ideally they could organize with RTS to have this random island serve some purpose. It is never full of people and has no real function as the crosswalk leads directly into a bed of mulch.

Public Works

This was taken on April 12th, 2017. This is a great example of using art as a way to improve the overall morale of the city. This is also near Depot Park and other industrial complexes.


There was a clear distinction between homes in different parts of Gainesville. In areas that were more impoverished and abandoned this was the outcome.
This is clearly converted into a commercial use but was once a residential area and is absolutely incredible. This is the historical and symbolic influence of Gainesville preserved through decision to maintain a more traditional structure.

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