Thursday, December 2, 2010

I Wish This Was Here

Posted By on Thu, Dec 2, 2010 at 12:17 PM

I love this project.

Artist and urban planner Candy Chang had stickers printed up that say "I wish this was __________." Then she distributed for free in cafes, bookstores, bars, and beauty shops:

The stickers are custom vinyl and can be easily removed without damaging property. It’s a fun, low-barrier tool for citizens to provide civic input on-site, and the responses reflect the hopes, dreams, and colorful imaginations of different neighborhoods.

Chang says she likes to make cities more comfortable for people, which I think is a pretty great goal. And the results are exactly what you'd expect: thoughtful, inspiring, funny.

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This kind of reminds me of what happened on Broad Avenue a few weeks ago, but I think the folks on Broad took it a little further and actually created those things, albeit temporarily. Either way, very cool.

To learn more — Chang has apparently had a lot of interest from people in other cities — visit www.iwishthiswas.com

Incidentally, I won't be blogging or writing for the Flyer for much longer, but I do plan to keep blogging. It might not be exactly the same form and it won't be in the same place — it will be here, instead — but with the same name and subject matter.

Feel free to stop by.

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