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Russell Cave National Monument: This archaeological site in Bridgeport, Alabama offers visitors the opportunity to explore clues left, by prehistoric Native Americans. Rangers lead guided tours each day at 11am.

US Space & Rocket Center: Located in Huntsville, Alabama this center offers over 1,500 space artifacts, a Spacedome Theater, and Rocket Park. Current exhibits (through August 2013) include

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Black Holes: Space Warps & Time Twists, where visitors explore the mysterious world of black hole.

Tysons Corner Center Plaza, opened adjacent to the Tysons Corner Metro Station in the summer of 2014, offers at-grade connectivity between the mall and metro station while providing outdoor amenity space (Figure 4.18a). Pop-up parks are emerging; an example is Greensboro Green, which is the result of repurposing excess surface parking near a popular food truck gathering area (Figure 4.18b). The park is privately owned but offers opportunities for everyday optional activites like picnics, lunches, and musical performances (Fairfax County, 2015).

The need to shift to more sustainable patterns of urban transport and urban development while contending with the interconnected issues of climate change, urban sprawl, economic development, and social equity is recognized as a ‘wicked problem’1 (Rittel & Webber, 1973). The difficulties of developing strategies to address these issues are compounded by other factors, including a lack of consensus, uncertainty of information, and high levels of ambiguity in the values or causal relations underlying the problem. Addressing these problems requires flexible, deliberative, participatory approaches.

This travel destinations suggests an approach to connecting people with people and citizens with government agencies. The approach allows different meanings and values to be expressed, fresh solutions to emerge, and new institutional resources to develop (Healey, 1997; Innes & Booher, 2010), leading to connected places.

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