Today is Halloween, which means that the evening streets are going to be full of little princesses, vampires, witches, ghosts, action heroes and pirates with dreams of candy and gum. As I reflect back on my former days of trick-or-treating, there were characteristics of each neighborhood that I lived, or trick-or-treated in, that certainly separated them. They are the same characteristics that many of us strive for in designing safe, walkable neighborhoods.
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Colorado Springs, like most cities, includes a handful of places that can be considered a “Third Place.” By now, you may be wondering ‘What is a third place’? This is a term that became popular in Ray Oldenburg’s book The Great Good Place published in 1989. Oldenburg describes a first place as a residence, or where we spend the majority of our time.
Over the Thanksgiving weekend, I decided to try out the latest version of Photoshop CS5. Through my experimentation with this software, I was made aware of their latest feature called ‘Content Aware’.
The ‘Content Aware’ feature allows the user to select an undesirable portion of a photograph and have it replaced with similar pixels from the adjacent pixels. It is not a perfect science, but for small item removal or filling in the sky, it works perfectly. I tested the feature on a stroller in a photograph from the opening of the Pueblo Justice Center. The first image to the right includes the stroller and the second shows it removed with Photoshop CS5′s content aware tool.