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Published on Mar 7, 2012
Everyone can name great public places, such as parks, squares, and outdoor markets found in cities across the country. But what makes these places work? Why do people seek them out and congregate there in large groups? And what makes some of public spaces "greener?" In an effort to provide a "decoder ring" to reveal what makes these places so successful, the National Building Museum presents a series of mini-documentaries that identify the specific elements that help make Great Green Places.
In the second installment of Great Green Places architect Barbara Laurie and city planner Jeff Speck take us on a tour of Washington, D.C.'s U Street neighborhood.