Since Jasper’s origins, its Courthouse Square has been the focus of the community. The Courthouse is a signature work of architecture surrounded by an impressive ensemble of historic buildings. Unfortunately, the current configuration of the space renders it more a place to pass through than to stay. Wide streets surround the courthouse and isolate it from the businesses that define it. The sidewalks themselves have few appealing characteristics that make one want to mingle; there are limited places to sit. The pedestrian character of the square is undermined by the flow of traffic that navigates around its edges
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Temporary events and pop-up activities provide an opportunity to prototype longer-term infrastructure investments that facilitate the transformation of Jasper’s Courthouse Square into a place at all times of the year and not just during Strassenfest.