More Awesome Now is a pilot group and program that
takes existing, underutilized laneways and reshapes them into engaging
public spaces that are accessible by everyone and contribute to the
livelihood of the city. It is an experimental approach to urban design
that reshapes these existing laneways in areas such as the financial,
entertainment, and fashion districts into animated pedestrian zones that
complement the already-thriving micro-cultures of these areas.
Reimagining and reconfiguring these utilitarian corridors as vibrant
recreational, commercial, and performance spaces injects a new type of
fine grain activity into the urban commons, increasing the public
pedestrian area of the city by as much as 30 per cent. Over time, this
could develop into a robust network of interconnected lanes, each with
its own sense of place and continually-evolving identity.
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