Urban Design Journal Lina Mejia

  • Magnolia Parke (residential, commercial, recreational)
  • Photo date: April 2017
  • Description of urban design example and element: Magnolia Parke is a set of residential buildings accompanied with small businesses, restaurants and offices that creates a small node in the community.
  • Critique: The place is focused towards new urbanism because it aims to create a space where people get together to do a variety of activities. It is located on NW 39th Avenue, Gainesville and it allows for both residents and visitors to have a place to enjoy.
  • Bo Diddley Plaza (commercial, recreational, public works, public spaces)
  • Photo date: April 2017
  • Description of urban design example and element: Bo Diddley Plaza is a gathering place where the city organizes events such as the farmers market and music concerts. The plaza is accessible by a number of means, including car, bus, bicycle and walking. The area is surrounded by restaurants and clubs where people can sit back and enjoy life.
  • Critique: The place is very enjoyable and allows people to have a nice time. It is surrounded by sidewalks and traffic is not a problem. During the day, it is a nice place to grab lunch or dinner, and at nighttime, the clubs around it makes it one of the favorite destinations for the young locals.
  • Kanapaha Botanical Gardens (Recreational)
  • Photo date: April 2017
  • Description of urban design example and element: This botanical garden located on the southwest of Gainesville is a peaceful place for people to enjoy an afternoon. The paths inside the garden promote exercise for visitors.
  • Discussion: The botanical garden is a place where people go to enjoy and learn about plants. They also serve as location for a variety of events including weddings and the moonlight cinema.
  • Sun Center (commercial, recreational, public spaces)
  • Photo date: April 2017
  • Description of urban design example and element: This area in downtown Gainesville is surrounded by restaurants, and small stores. It is a place where people spend time reading, studying and working because of it peaceful nature. Occasionally, a live performer manages to attract people and bystanders enjoy the show. It is protected from the elements allowing people to stay for longer periods of time.
  • Discussion: The Sun Center is strategically located in so that people who are in the area can stay for a longer period of time. It has one of the biggest parking lots in the area, which is a plus when people drive instead of walk, although it is very accessible for pedestrians and it is bike friendly.
  • Alachua County Library (recreational, educational, public works)
  • Photo date: April 2017
  • Description of urban design example and element: It servers people of all races and ages, and its programs promote good habits in the community.
  • Discussion: It is located in the downtown area of Gainesville, where the division between East and West Gainesville starts. It has a big parking lot but is is also accessible by bus or bike and since is in the downtown area, people can also walk here.
  • Haile Village Center (residential, commercial, recreational)
  • Photo date: April 2017
  • Description of urban design example and element: It is a place surrounded by restaurants, boutiques, shops, offices, apartments, etc. It is very peaceful and its mix use spaces create a node where everything can be found at a walking distance. It is vibrant both during the day and at night.
  • Discussion: It is located at Haile Plantation in Gainesville and is is mostly accessible by car, except for the people who live nearby.
  • Rosa Parks RTS Downtown Sation (public works)
  • Photo date: April 2017
  • Description of urban design example and element: The place itself is not too attractive, there is not much to do or see, especially if one is waiting for a specific bus.
  • Description: This bus station serves the community by being the bus terminal where a lot of RTS bus routes start and end. Buses coming from other parts of the state also stop here, allowing people to use the RTS services once they have arrived into town.
  • Veterans Memorial Park (institutional, recreational, public works, public spaces)
  • Photo date: April 2017
  • Description of urban design example and element: It is a place that promotes exercise in people, is is very peaceful and enjoyable. One could go either alone or with a group of people and use their facilities to exercise. Different soccer teams practice in these fields and multiple birthday parties are celebrated in the playground area.
  • Discussion: It is mostly accessible by car and although there is parking, it is limited. It is located in an area that is not accessible for pedestrians because it is not close for people.
  • Tioga Town Center (residential, commercial, recreational)
  • Photo date: April 2017
  • Description of urban design example and element: Tioga Town is a place surrounded by restaurants, shops, and a gym. Its mix use land allows people to spend some time there while running errands. It also houses art festivals and galleries and concerts, among other events.
  • Discussion: The place is only accessible by car, except by the people who live there and there is not a transportation option.
  • Depot Park (commercial, recreational, public works, public spaces)
  • Photo date: April 2017
  • Description of urban design example and element: This park is filled with restaurants, playgrounds, paths, and even a small lake. It is a nice park to enjoy and there are a lot of things to do and explore. It is designed for people of all ages and it promotes a healthy lifestyle.
  • Discussion: Depot Park is conveniently located in front of the Rosa Parks station.
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