FOLLOWING RECENT ethnographic studies of residents and their histories in the Hurt Park neighborhood of Roanoke, Va., undergraduate students and faculty worked with the Hurt Park Neighborhood Alliance to create a new vision of the neighborhood through development of conceptual gateway park plans for a formerly dangerous corner in this once prosperous area of the city. Students—taught by Terry Clements, a faculty member with the Landscape Architecture Program in the School of Architecture + Design and by C.L. Bohannon, Ph.D. student in the Architecture and Design Research Program—visited the neighborhood, interviewed residents, reviewed historic documents, and studied the possibilities for creating a new entrance park and bus stop. The site is intended to be transformed into a place for the neighborhood residents to reclaim their community outdoor space and have a place to gather and to celebrate.
Contributor: Terry Clements