Sunday, May 9, 2004

Submit your ideas on remaking the square

3CDC's series of listening sessions continues this week seeking the public's ideas on how to transform Fountain Square:

• Monday's session at 6 p.m. will be at Madisonville Recreation Center, 5320 Stewart Road.

• Tuesday's session will be at 6 p.m. in the Westin Hotel's Atrium Terrace at Fifth and Vine.

But you also can submit ideas by visiting the Web site www.3cdc.organd clicking on the Fountain Square suggestion icon. Or you can send you ideas to the Enquirer at letters@enquirer.com, with the subject line "Fountain Square," and we will publish a selection of suggestions on future editorial pages or post them online (Cincinnati.Com, keyword: Fountain Square).

To stimulate creative thinking for redoing Fountain Square, 3CDC has called attention to redesign successes in other cities such as Bryant Park in New York, Post Office Square in Boston and Pioneer Courthouse Square in Portland, Ore.

You may also find inspiration by visiting the Web sites of consultants that 3CDC has brought in for the Fountain Square project. Lehr Jackson of Williams Jackson Ewing (www.wjeinc.com) heads the group developing a strategy for a new mix on retail bordering Fountain Square. The design team includes landscape architect Olin Partnership (www.olinptr.com) of Philadelphia; urban design firm Cooper, Robertson & Partners (www.cooperrobertson.com) of New York; and retail designer Development Design Group Inc. (www.ddg-usa.com) of Baltimore.

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