Holland, Michigan's Heated Sidewalks Bring People Together
Sally Augustin, of Metropolis Magazine, explains how the underground pipes of Holland serve to bring the community together:
"A gas-powered hearth rises up from the sidewalk near the corner of 8th Street. On cold days, people gather around it, just as they do around a fireplace. These al fresco get-togethers build community spirit – just as the downtown promenades have been doing for years.
The low walls built up around the fireplace invite people [to] sit, stay, and chat. I watch as my neighbors relax into the moment, catch each others eyes and have real conversations-that much-coveted face-time we all long for today."