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Questions for Observing and Redesigning Open Space Sites
Greenbush Site #1
Site Marker: Greenbush Memorial – Plaque at the corner of W. Washington Ave. and S. Park St.
- What is the purpose of this plaque?
- Is this easily accessible for people to read?
- Is there a way to make it more accessible?
- Could you make plaque stand out more? Would people of the former Greenbush appreciate that?
- Does this represent the Greenbush community at all? Why or why not?
Greenbush Site #2
Site Marker: Parkside Apartments – Seating area off to the left of the main entrance, right off of S. Park St.
- Why do you think this seating area is here?
- Would you like to sit out here in nice weather?
- Does it look like it is well used? What could make it more used?
- Is there a different location for this seating area around this apartment building?
- Would a different area change the use or purpose for it?
Greenbush Site #3
Site Marker: Bayview Sign at the corner of Regent St. and W. Washington Ave.
- What do you think is the main purpose of this area?
- Does this area look used at all? Why or why not?
- Should this area be used more or less? Why?
- How could you get this area to be used more or less?
- Is this a major part of the Bayview area?
Greenbush Site #4
Site Marker: Any courtyard in the middle of Bayview apartments.
- What do you think this area is used for?
- Do you think this area is used more or less than the Bayview playground and open field? Why?
- How would changing this area affect the surrounding apartments? Other courtyards?
- If you lived here, what would you use this area for? Why?
Greenbush Site #5
Site Marker: Gay Braxton Parking Lot – Seating areas on either side of the parking lot.
- Do you think this is a good area for seating areas? Why or why not?
- Do you think many people use these seating areas?
- Where would you like to sit if you lived in these apartments?
- Why do you think the benches were put here?
- Should safety be a concern for these seating areas? Why or why not?
Greenbush Site #6
Site Marker: Bayview Mosaics – End of the Braxton Pl. turnaround.
- What is the purpose of these mosaics?
- Do you think these mosaics fulfill that purpose? Why or why not?
- Do you think many people know about these mosaics? Why or why not?
- What could you do to draw more attention to these mosaics?
- What else could be done here besides just the mosaics?
Greenbush Site #7
Site Marker: Brittingham Apartments – Seating area behind the apartment complex.
- How popular do you think this seating area is for residents of the surrounding apartments? Why?
- What other options for seating are around this area? What are the differences?
- Do you think many people know about the mosaic at the middle of this seating area? Why or why not?
- What do you think is the purpose of this mosaic?
Greenbush Site #8
Site Marker: Brittingham Apartments – Seating area in front of apartment complex along W. Washington Ave.
- What is the purpose of this seating area? How do you know?
- How popular do you think this seating area is for residents in this apartment complex? Why or why not?
- What other options for seating are around this area? What are the differences?
- Would you sit here if you lived in this apartment complex? Why or why not?
- What would you change about this seating area to make it more comfortable? Why?
Greenbush Site #9
Site Marker: Greenbush Memorial Statue – Across from the Triangle on Regent St.
- What is the purpose of this memorial?
- How many people do you think spend considerable time at this memorial? Why?
- Would you spend considerable time at this memorial? Why or why not?
- What would help you spend more time at this memorial?
- Do you think location for this memorial is good? Why or why not?
Greenbush Site #10
Site Marker: Bayview Garden – Next to open field and Bayview playground.
- Should this area be open to all people in the Triangle? Why or why not?
- Who do you think uses this area the most? Why?
- What could make this area more accessible to all people in the Triangle?
- Is this a good location for a garden? Why or why not?
- What purpose does this garden serve the Triangle community?
Open Space Site Design Assignment
Open Space Site Designs
Using your notes from our December 7 field trip, you will redesign one or more features of the open space site you observed. Your assignment is to answer the following question: How could you change one area of the Greenbush Triangle and how would that affect the local community?
Use the following ideas from your notes to present your design:
- What area of the Greenbush Triangle were you in?
- What is the function of the area you studied? What features showed this function?
- What changes could you make to this area of the Triangle?
- How would your changes impact the function of the area?
- Do you think your plan is possible? Why or why not?
Questions for Randall Students
UW Landscape Architecture Students Present Greenbush Plans
Making Box City
We selected our buildings and then worked hard painting and cutting and gluing and papermacheing them to perfection. Working on our houses made us realize how sad it would be to have them destroyed and how attached the old Greenbush people must have been to their own homes and businesses.
I picked two Jewish buildings: Agudas Achim Synagogue, and Sam Onheiber’s house. My synagogue, Beth Israel Center, used to be Agudas Achim before it moved.
After building the cardboard Greenbush, I got very attached to it. Now I have a better sense of what it would feel like if they bulldozed it down.
At first, we were just ‘pushing’ to finish our Box City Project. Now that we’re done, I realize we were ‘pushing’ to really feel what those buildings were.
Through the whole process, I wanted to finish but when I finished, I wanted to do more.
Creating a building was not easy, but when I stopped, I wanted to do it more.
No one could ever re-build the Bush – I think we came quite close.
Terrace Town 2006
Each building has its own individual shape and size. That means each building is special in a different way.
Regent St., West Washington Ave., Park St., Murray St., Milton St., Mound St., Francis St., Italian Workman’s Club, Longfellow School, Madison General Hospital, Agudas Achim Synagogue, Park St. Shoe Repair, the Harris/Allison house, the enormous Tobacco Warehouses, Buffo Cerniglia, Abe Barash, Mike Shivers, the DiSalvos, Merle Sweet, Catherine Murray, Eugene Parks. That is Greenbush.
The Greenbush is filled with many different cultures. When they mix together, they become a community.
We wouldn’t have frozen pizza. The Pelliterri’s would never have started the trucking company. Rayovac might not have become as big an employer as it is today. And no only that; many things wouldn’t have been if we had never had the Greenbush.
Before I was in Mr. Wagler’s class I had never even heard of the Greenbush, but now it seems like, how could I not have heard of it?
I can only say that I’m sorry I missed out on the Greenbush and what it had to offer. Urban Renewal was a thing that broke more than buildings, it broke people.
When Urban Renewal happened in 1960, Madison’s cultural diversity was destroyed. Now, the Greenbush is ignored by the city. It needs help.
When they tore down the Greenbush, they not only took the people’s hopes, they also took the bond that was between all of the people.
The Greenbush was not just a neighborhood, it was a family.
The sense of community in the Bush was so strong you could taste it!
It seems to me like the Greenbush has more stories than all of Madison.
I can’t believe they tore the Greenbush down. Hopefully they won’t make that mistake again.
“I wish I had lived in the Bush.
From what I have heard of the Greenbush neighborhood, if I would have gotten the chance to live there, I would consider myself very lucky.
If I could, I’d live in the present with the same people and buildings from the old Greenbush still here.
If I could go back in time, I would go back to the time of the Bush.