|Goal:||To build community, provide a place for relaxation and rest, and increase safety.|
What We’ve Learned
|Project team:||Chris Duderstadt, Adam Greenfield|
|Contact:||firstname.lastname@example.org (Chris Duderstadt)|
|ISPN involvement:||None, although several ISPN board members are personally involved.|
|Get involved:||Put a bench outside your building, paint a bench.|
The Full Story
by Chris Duderstadt, creator
As creator of the Public Bench Project I have placed some twenty or so benches in public spaces throughout the Inner Sunset. All are “hosted” by private or non-profit property owners or guardians. The contour of these benches has evolved over 30 years to provide as comfortable a place to rest or relax as possible. Being generally six feet long, there is enough space for strangers to share, and with a little luck, they will be strangers no more. Many of the benches have been painted whimsically and/or by local artists, with the hope that they would be more inviting or to at least invoke a smile.
Anyone interested in hosting a bench should contact me. I dream of having a bench on each corner, tucked up against a building in a sunny spot, but any publicly accessible locations will be considered.