Bringing neighborhoods together.
The No Barriers Project is a Knight Foundation, Knight Cities Challenge project that seeks to identify physical barriers that often divide neighborhoods and use them as gathering spots for community building and creative expression.
These underutilized or even so-called undesirable spaces at the seams of neighborhoods hold the potential to connect us and build a bigger, stronger community. We know that these types of divides between neighborhoods reduce community cohesion and restrict opportunity.
The No Barriers Project invites residents who live in the neighborhoods to reimagine these spaces as engines for creativity, and bridges between neighborhoods. Residents have used the elements of light, sound and play to facilitate interactions and create a common space they can all be proud of.
Led by the City of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation, the No Barriers Project tests a replicable engagement model to address physical barriers between distinct neighborhoods, and facilitate efforts to transform residents’ ideas into ongoing programs and permanent, dynamic installations.