Landers, Carrie Margaret
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The purpose of this thesis is to underscore the damages to community wrought by car-centric planning and to seek mending solutions. Large and sweeping measures are necessary to stem the outward sprawl that drains downtowns of residents, businesses and general vitality. Yet, these large measures are expensive, idealistic, and in the near future at least, unrealistic. This thesis takes an alternative stance in looking for solutions to aid our depopulated streets and urban communities. Instead of large, permanent, and costly efforts, it proposes that small, temporary, and inexpensive measures can easily and effectively plug in to the existing automobile infrastructure to create public spaces. URBAN INTERIMVENTIONS (urban + interim + interventions) reclaim underused slices of the very infrastructure that fractures neighborhoods to provide impromptu public gathering spaces. These spaces draw people back out onto their streets, where they are able to reestablish contact with one another to begin healing damaged communities.