This “Scranton What If?” exploration considers the hidden potential of the parking lot and adjacent two-story structure along the 300 block of Penn Avenue’s western edge. What if the life-less block facade was re-imagined with galleries, boutiques, and bistros. What if the asphalt lot were transformed into a garden plaza where locals can socialize and enjoy the outdoors. What if this was filled with music and outdoor dining? What if the second floors of these spaces contained walk-up studio apartments? What if, Scranton?
What If this abandoned train station was revitalized and brought back to life with a function that tied it back to the adjacent Lackawanna River and Lackawanna River Heritage Trail? What if the train station once again became a stopping point along a journey with a recreational sports club and a café to offer the opportunity to rest and “refuel” during a walk or ride? What if the building also housed the headquarters of the Lackawanna Heritage Valley Authority and a learning center to educate the public about the region’s heritage and promote conservation of historical and natural resources? What If, Scranton?
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From Emily Badger at The Atlantic Cities:
“What’s really going on here is the urbanization of the world and the reurbanization of American cities,” Turner says. “Either consciously or subconsciously, [people] are realizing that that involves the public realm, the commons, sharing goods and services and infrastructure. And I think that kind of bleeds into your personal life.” In other words, if you’ll share a subway car, why not a kitchen?