It’s the beginning of April, but we’ve still got one more week of March Madness left. For those that are looking to play a little pickup basketball this Spring, have you considered using that wide strip of asphalt in your own front yard? Let’s think big here… bigger than a half court with a easy-dunk kids hoop. Many residential streets are wide enough for full court. Some, like Detroit Ave in North Portland sport a full 50′ of asphalt– wide enough to hold a regulation NCAA court.
We prepared these images for a presentation at the American Institute of Architecture Student (AIAS) Western Quad Conference, held March 29-30, 2013 at Portland State University. The topic was rethinking the right-of-way to consider more human-scale design ideas for the public realm. With the help of co-conspirator Rebecca Hamilton, we shared loads of cool ideas from parklets to parkways, and everything in-between. Besides the occasional speaking engagement, Rebecca and I also maintain a separate web site at RetROW.org to document our thoughts on the topic.