2018-02-09 / Society

City of Columbia Public Life Public Space Survey

Contributed by City of Columbia

The City of Columbia is seeking volunteers for March 22 and March 24 to help conduct the third annual Public Space Public Life Survey throughout downtown Columbia.

Tracking how people use public space can be a fascinating experience and provides valuable data to city planners and parties interested in promoting a more walkable, bikable, and livable downtown.

Surveyors will count pedestrians and cyclists at one location for four hours; training for the counts is brief and is provided by city staff.

Public space is what connects the people and places in our cities and neighborhoods together. A high quality public realm that supports vibrant public life is critical to making downtown and nearby neighborhoods inviting places to live, work, and play.

The Central Carolina Community Foundation and the City of Columbia are partnering to lead an ethnographic architectural analysis of selected public spaces. The analysis, which includes the study of people in their natural environments, will be conducted using a Public Space Public Life Survey format developed during the 2015 Gehl Studio study of Columbia’s downtown.

The survey will help us better understand who uses the area’s public spaces—streets and sidewalks included—and how they use them. The event will be Thursday, March 22, 2018, from 7:30 a.m.–7:30 p.m. and Saturday, March 24, 2018 from 10 a.m.–10 p.m. in downtown Columbia

Visit gate.columbiasc.gov/PublicLife or call 803-545-3222. For information on the City’s Public Space Public Life Action Plan, visit www.columbiasc.gov/depts/planningpreservation/docs/columbia_pspl_final_s....

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