Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Ocean Springs Inspires


There is little more rewarding than leading multiple charrettes in a place (each charrette inexplicably scheduled during the dead of lonely cold winter) and then returning in sunny early fall to watch people out and enjoying the results of your work. According to plan, Ocean Springs, Mississippi has built two new multi-story mixed-use buildings; an additional three are approved; extensive park improvements including a large new kids park and splash pad at Fort Maurepas are complete; the City has a new fishing pier; Government Street features a new streetscape of trees, on-street parking, benches and lighting; new restaurants have opened; there is regular trolley service, and a destination boardwalk now runs along Front Beach Drive. And as you may have read in the September edition of New Urban News Bruce Tolar’s Katrina Cottage Court, one block from Main Street, has also expanded into a small neighborhood. DKP began working in Ocean Springs after Hurricane Katrina and returned for three additional projects including the plan for the Downtown – though Mayor Connie Moran, the City’s planning staff, community leaders, and community members deserve all the credit.

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