02 Jan '12, 10am

Some cities are finding more humble ways to liven up parks and public spaces

Some cities are finding more humble ways to liven up parks and public spaces

Photo: sfreimark via Flickr Cross-posted from This Big City Government agencies and marketing bureaus across the globe strive to find ways to get people into parks and using public spaces. Some spend millions with extravagant firework spectaculars, while others import international music acts or host an almost continuous string of farmer's markets and craft fairs, many of which fail to deliver a certain je ne sais quoi . But in a not-so-pristine park in Berlin, an Irish guy named Joe draws crowds of more than 3,000 people ... with karaoke. Which got me thinking, can karaoke transform our public spaces? It seems an odd thing to say, but yes, I believe it probably can. I first learned about Joe from my trusted Lonely Planet guidebook, which told me that Bearpit Karaoke was a "must see" for a Sunday afternoon in Berlin. I arrived at Mauerpark and was amazed at the activity. A...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/urbanism/2012-01-01-karaoke-and-the-...

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