Downtown – Manchester, Vermont

Isaac Kremer/ February 19, 2023/ downtown, placemaking, plaza/ 0 comments

Northshire Bookstore is one of the best merchandized book stores I’ve seen. The store is arranged as a series of rooms to conform with the irregular floor plan of the building. Still it manages to have ample open spaces for displays. Makes it very easy to bump into the perfect book or gift item. Merchandizing with clear product groupings and

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Old City – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Isaac Kremer/ January 15, 2023/ downtown, garden, museum, plaza, preservation/ 0 comments

Crucial moments in the American Revolution are told through artifacts and interpretive text. Two examples are the Wait Monument on the Boston road was near where the first shots were fired and the reproduction of the “Rising Sun” chair that George Washington sat on when he was President of the Constitutional Convention in 1787. Of particular interest to us as

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Downtown – Trenton, New Jersey

Isaac Kremer/ November 10, 2022/ downtown, preservation, public art/ 0 comments

Trenton Battle Monument. Opened in 1896 to commemorate the American victories at the Battles of Trenton. St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, 140 North Warren St. Built 1747-48; used as a hospital after the Battles of Trenton; buried in the churchyard is David Brearley, a signer of the U.S. Constitution. Quaker Meeting House, 142 East Hanover Street. Built 1739; during the Second

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Downtown – Salem, Massachusetts

Isaac Kremer/ September 3, 2022/ downtown, preservation, public art/ 0 comments

Salem has a wonderful mix of historical sites and unique public art to fill in many of the gaps in between. The two primary stories are related to the Witch trials and the lives tragically lost, and maritime activities that supported literary pursuits and an ambitious building program. Most notable is Nathaniel Hawthorne who lived in Salem and for many

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