Public Space

Lighting brings back life to Neighborhood

Lighting can be the key to reviving old neighborhoods

By Denise Fong

As cities revive their "people places" by recreating plazas, pedestrian streets, and neighborhood cafes, there are daytime and nighttime components to consider. What makes an area that is vibrant during the day also vibrant at night?
One example of how light can revitalize a community is the district of Holmbladsgade in Copenhagen. During a recent redevelopment of the once rundown neighborhood, one goal was to introduce elements that made evening activity feel safer and more desirable.