As you may know, I spent most of the last week in Charlotte, NC. On my last night, I got to visit uptown and enjoy the pocket parks along Tryon Street. Here’s one of them at the intersection of Tryon and Trade:
It has a lovely water feature – it was a warm day and the breeze from the fountain cooled the air off significantly.
A little further on was this plaza, featuring jasmine-covered “umbrellas”:
The umbrellas were actually sculptures – little works of art on their own:
The nicest things about the uptown area were the wide streets and equally wide sidewalks. Lots of light could get through these urban corridors, supporting a canopy of willow oaks:
This is an urban area that not only invites pedestrians, but treats them to a botanical experience that unfortunately isn’t common in our cities. Hopefully this is the future of urban greenspaces…and not just a delightful anomaly.