Adding Warmth and Life to Sidewalks

Sidewalks in Holland have for years utilized piped-in waste heat to melt snow. Now, they've added an additional sidewalk amenity: a hearth.

"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 can sit, stay, and chat."

The hearth helps add to what is already a lively sidewalk life in the city, according to this post from Metropolis.

Full Story: Places that Work: Holland’s Sidewalks

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