Active Open Space and People

20 Mar

Every city that we love visiting has some great active open space. For example, Millennium Park in Chicago, Trafalgar Square in London and Dam Square in Amsterdam. These active open spaces are places where people come out and connect with each other for events and festivals. On a regular day, they also provide a spot for people to chill out, play and exercise.

As shown in the photo, the Ingalls Mall in Ann Arbor is mostly a green space that students walk through to get to different school buildings. But when summer arrives, it is transformed into a venue for the Ann Arbor Summer Festival, Arts Festival and a playground for people to play frisbee and football. Its proximity to downtown makes it easily accessible to everyone with or without cars. The medium-tall masonry-clad buildings with the high art deco bell tower in the background provides a unified backdrop for a movie night. One thing that is essential in making the mall so flexible is its lack of permanent furniture and trees in the middle. And of course, the mall would not be so active if the people of Ann Arbor do not have this culture of participating in events in the city.

ann arbor summer festival @ ingalls mall, downtown ann arbor – 8:04pm, jul 2, 2011


6 Responses to “Active Open Space and People”

  1. bestjazzclubs March 20, 2012 at 9:00 am #

    Hello, do you know some jazz festivals or jazz places where people in wheelchair can access very easily ? I try to me a list of the best jazz clubs for them.
    Thank you for your initiative 🙂

    • kam March 20, 2012 at 9:15 am #

      Hi Celine! Thanks for the message. There is an outdoor Jazz Festival in Detroit every year around late august and early september. I believe all outdoor venues are wheelchair accessible –

      Also at the Ann Arbor Summer Festival, they have jazz events also outdoor and indoor, they are wheelchair accessible.

      I would think most jazz festival in america are wheelchair accessible and most orchestra halls and some of the newer renovated clubs are too because they are required by law to provide ADA access. Hope this helps!

  2. bestjazzclubs March 20, 2012 at 9:19 am #

    Thank you Kam for your quick answer ! It’s very helpful 🙂

    • kam March 21, 2012 at 12:49 am #


  3. John Walsh March 20, 2012 at 2:14 pm #

    Nice description of Ingalls Mall! I think I’ll stop by there and bask in the open space!

    • kam March 21, 2012 at 12:50 am #

      I miss walking by there every day and looking at the bell tower……..>.<

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