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Portsmouth Smart Growth: Activating Portsmouth in Winter (virtual event)

Activating Portsmouth in Winter
Wednesday, January 27
7pm on Zoom


Safety precautions taken during the COVID pandemic have brought heightened attention to the use of outdoor public spaces in cities and towns and the importance of making them inviting and usable the entirety of the year.

In Portsmouth, NH the benefits of activating our public spaces throughout the winter season will extend far beyond the current circumstances. As a heavily touristed and highly active area in the summer, Portsmouth and the Seacoast lose much of this social dynamism and economic support in the winter. What are the strategies that cities like Portsmouth could employ to promote social interaction and vitality downtown in the cold and quiet months?

Join Portsmouth Smart Growth Wednesday January 27 at 7 pm for a virtual presentation and discussion with award-winning urban designer and planner Simon O’Byrne to learn ways Portsmouth can activate public space in winter.

About Simon O’Byrne:
Simon O’Byrne is both an award-winning urban designer/planner and Senior Vice President of Stantec’s global Community Development business of 2,500 practitioners. As a city building expert, he has been frequently quoted in European and North America media and done many keynote talks on both continents. Simon has led multi-disciplinary design teams in the planning and successful delivery of large, complex, and politically charged projects in Canada, the US and the UK.

About Portsmouth Smart Growth:
Portsmouth Smart Growth is a volunteer-run non-profit that promotes innovative ideas for a vibrant community in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. They believe in the principles of smart growth that offer a guide to help build cities, towns, and neighborhoods that are economically prosperous, socially equitable, and environmentally sustainable.

Their hope is to bring together key municipal and government stakeholders, Portsmouth residents. and the business community to help establish a long-term vision for our community.