Five Lessons Learned from The Porch at 30th Street Station

Dec 19, 2016 7 years ago

At UCD, we are continually using research, data, and experimentation to inform new projects and initiatives. As we were breaking ground on our next public space, we were also reflecting on the five years that have passed since we launched The Porch at 30th Street Station, and turned a barren site into a dynamic public space that draws thousands of visitors every year. We decided to take stock of our experience since conceiving of and opening The Porch, to inform our own growing public space work, and contribute to a national and global conversation about urban amenities and placemaking.

The Porch at 30th Street Station: 5 Years, 5 Lessons focuses on the value of partnerships; pursuing a vision of great public space even in challenging circumstances; designing public space through an iterative approach powered by rigorous data collection; using stewardship as a catalyst for economic opportunity; and the way in which successful public space can spur similar spaces across cities.


We are grateful for the strong support and partnerships we've received from stakeholders throughout the five years of The Porch at 30th Street Station who have helped make The Porch possible.