We'd love to hear your thoughts and reflections!
In Bangalore, each metro line that is being constructed is becoming possible after a few hundred trees (that are each over 100 years old) have been cut. What is the metro going to give us that is so much better than the trees? For those of us living on Bannerghatta road, the "pink line" starting at Gottigere will have interchanges with the "purple line" at M.G. road station and the "yellow line" at Jayadeva hospital.
Yes, we will be "better connected" and will be able to move through the city in a "no congestion" mode of transport. We will have our metros, our cars, our buildings (with their LEED certificates). Only our trees will not be there. Maybe, we will get used to that. Just like we are getting used to the pandemic.
What do you think about the kind of development happening in the city?
How do we integrate the small, public space within the city fabric such that it does not hinder development and serves as a community space for the people?
One finds other small, public spaces in the city, such as the street spaces where chai vendors or paan vendors are seen. Sometimes, within the same space, there is a barber or a mechanic such as the vendor collective near the AES Grounds on Drive-in road in Ahmedabad. They seem to have a symbiotic relationship within our urban environment. These spaces work as both economic spaces as well as social spaces for a neighbourhood. One may find here a group of construction labourers or sometimes, few autorickshaw drivers who come here regularly to have their chai. Thus, these spaces do have their relevance for different user groups.
Can you tell us about such small public spaces in your city?
What are the interdependencies
between the users in these spaces?
Share your thoughts on ONE public space in your neighbourhood.