Proposal: Turn Alt. U.S. 19 into a ‘Cultural Corridor’
A public meeting Tuesday in Largo will discuss the idea of turning Alt. U.S. 19 into a “cultural corridor,” which is a geographic area that features and connects multiple arts and cultural attractions, creating a magnet for entertainment, tourism, and urban revitalization.
LARGO – Two public agencies have teamed up to create a “cultural corridor” along Alt. U.S. 19 and they’re looking for the public to provide ideas and comments.
The idea of a cultural corridor, which is a geographic area that features and connects multiple arts and cultural attractions, creating a magnet for entertainment, tourism, and urban revitalization, is the brainchild of Forward Pinellas and Creative Pinellas. Forward Pinellas is the county’s designated land use and transportation planning agency. Creative Pinellas is the designated arts agency.
The two kicked off a four-month planning process for the creation of a cultural corridor on June 4 with a public hearing in Tarpon Springs. (See related story.) They’ve also held community meetings in Dunedin and Clearwater. Now they’ve scheduled a similar hearing from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday (July 31) at the Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive in Largo. The Largo meeting is the last until the proposal is revealed.
The goal of the project is to engage artists, cultural experts, and others in a conversation about promoting Alt. U.S. 19 as a public art and cultural asset corridor. The study area includes connections to and overlaps with the Pinellas Trail, one of the county’s premier existing cultural assets. The project effort will culminate with a corridor plan and open house unveiling event in October.
To sign up for the Largo event, go to facebook.com.
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