Eclectic downtown placemaking at its best


Here are some photographs I took of historic and charming downtown Cocoa Village in the heart of Cocoa, Florida. Cocoa Village is a terrific example of eclectic smaller city downtown placemaking at its very best, including:

  • Streetscaping
  • Pedestrian and bicycle friendly design
  • A unique variety of stores, services, and shops
  • Fun and whimsy
  • Public art
  • Traffic calming
  • Bicycle parking
  • Wayfinding features
  • Historic preservation
  • Mixed uses
  • Adaptive reuse
  • Cuisine and culture
  • Outdoor sidewalk cafes and dining
  • Varied architecture and colors
  • Place branding
  • Subdued signage
  • Free downtown parking

Congratulations to the City of Cocoa for preserving its delightful downtown charm and cultural vibe. Enjoy!



Aladin Theater

Aladdin Theater – now the Cocoa Civic TheaterIMG_0333


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7 Responses to Eclectic downtown placemaking at its best

  1. basil berchekas jr says:

    Virtually every downtown I’ve visited or “studied” that have become known as “successful” have what we would call “eclectic” areas that are predominantly built out with older, historic areas or blocks that escaped being cleared through redevelopment and are now being revitalized. That would include areas near, but not adjacent to downtowns that were known as “uptowns” or secondary business areas or older residential areas with business cores and a local identity, like Five Points South in Birmingham, Five Points in Columbia, South Carolina, Westport in Kansas City MO, Mapleton or Irvington or Broad Ripple in Indianapolis, Greenwich Village in NYC, Uptown or Edgewater in Chicago, and so forth…just my view.


  2. Emme says:

    Another well done piece. Your take on this inviting place makes me want to go there just to walk up those stairs!
    Thank you.


  3. Alex Jackson says:

    Nice article Rick, I am the webmaster for, I’ll find a place to post you article on our site with a link to you if that is ok with you?



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