Sustainability | Localization

Building the City Center

A sense of belonging in the Town Square.

Dawn Nelson
3 min readOct 24, 2023


Another Monday Dispatch ~ October 23, 2023

Just some art to convey my sentiments about the city center. Art and photo by author. © Dawn Nelson.

In the center of my city, there is a space that some town folk insist be designated a common space, similar to a European piazza. It has a poetic, romantic appeal.

The idea of a public common space in the center of a city or town certainly appeals to me. It is a space that by establishing it as held in common, acknowledges we are people before commerce.

Aside from good ol’ power to the people, what I especially like about the idea is that it affords opportunity to connect green space in the city center.

Essentially, we can network a matrix of trails for nonmotorized transport into the center of the city. Walk, bike, roll. A meeting point for all the neighborhoods, right next to the downtown public library. Even more valuable is that this space is adjacent to a major bus transit hub for the city and county.

What better place for a town square?

As an urban space design issue, it is certainly feasible. I know some people are concerned it will only create more space for homeless folks to loiter. Perhaps. But the answer to homelessness is not to make sure homeless folk…



Dawn Nelson

Artist, writer, strategist ~ writing creative nonfiction, memoir, essay. WIP: 0100 Series & The Sunday Dispatch.