|Washington Square Park|
Every Friday this October, DEOM has teamed up with Downtown Dallas Inc. to create the Pegasus Plaza Outdoor Market. The mission of this project is to provide Downtown workers, residents, and tourists the distraction that urban spaces are able to provide.
|More people on construction laden sidewalk than Market|
Weeks before the Market, polling Downtown workers showed that they didn't know the name of the plaza and that pedestrians shuffled by with blinders on, unaware of their surroundings. In fact, the first Pegasus Market showed that people were reluctant to interact with the marketplace and took pains to avoid it.
At the first two Pegasus Markets, it was baffling that people chose to walk on the difficult terrain of the sidewalks than to walk through the closed street where we set up vendors. Perhaps these people were too used to their lunch routine, or maybe they didn't want to shop for anything. I also considered that the passersby thought that the event wasn't open to them. Despite our efforts to obstruct normal pathways, people still trudged on through.
|People continue to walk on sidewalk despite obstruction.|
|The sidewalk is more comfortable than the street.|
People in Dallas need re-education in the use of public space. Public places should be designed for human leisure, like eating, relaxing, and other distractions. A real city provides leisurely amenities for its people in order to benefit their well being and their economy.