The Poplar Street Yard in Macon, Georgia was part of an urban revitalization project by Artist and landscape designer Walter Hood, who is currently a professor of landscape architecture at the University of California Berkeley. He is known for reconstructing ols spaces into newer, more modern public areas for the surrounding community. This work extends along Poplar street median from MLK Jr. Blvd. to 1st Street, through Hollingsworth, Prince and Addison Tinsley Parks. He took a 180-foot-wide street, with a square wedged in it and turned it into Macon Yards on Poplar Street, a landscape mash-up of street, park, and plaza. He took the 180-foot-wide street, with a square wedged in it, a “typical Southern typology,” and turned it into Macon Yards on Poplar Street, a landscape mash-up of street, park, and plaza. An obelisk from Confederate days in the center is now made the focal point of the landscape.
The project for the re-making of Poplar Street in Macon, Georgia, utilizes the yard and the street as historical archives to bridge the gap between the past and present. The yard is a simple gesture that refocuses the street into small identifiable spaces where people come together to socialize or for other leisure activities. Current uses such as parking continue. They are juxtaposed with new building structures that sit atop previous building sites, water features that emanate from previous sources, spaces, and places where music can be played, and landscape elements and pl
400 Poplar St., Macon, GA, 31201