Public Space Matters

Amidst every bustling street, thriving business, and strong community exists a common, fundamental feature. Public spaces, from parks to plazas and anywhere in between, are fundamental to communities because they are the medium where social interactions happen and where community is born.

Simple in design but robust in effect, public spaces create the perfect environment for any use and everyone. Within these spaces, we find both solitude and society; both restfulness and lively festivities; both natural displays and human accomplishments. Whether you’re enjoying an afternoon lunch with friends or just taking in the scenery, public space is the ideal for all.

The impact of public space is not limited to the individual experience. Public parks and plazas add vibrancy to our communities by breaking up monotonous scenery, complimenting surrounding businesses, spurring walkability, and activating empty spaces. With the proper use of public space, an empty lot can become a lively destination, attracting people while enhancing our economies, properties, and social lives.

Cotton Avenue Pop-Up Plaza will demonstrate the positive effects that a pedestrian plaza can have on business activity, mobility, and the overall aesthetic of Downtown Macon. Overnight, a basic strip of asphalt and paint and an empty green space will be converted into a new public space buzzing with activity featuring outdoor furniture, lighting, planter boxes, live music, a free yoga session and much more. We invite you to enjoy this transformative experience with us as we witness just how much of an impact public space can have on our downtown.