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Why Urbanists Love Pokémon Go

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Anyone who has been in Piedmont Park in recent weeks has witnessed the phenomenon of Pokémon Go, the augmented reality game that’s bringing droves of people into public spaces.

Project for Public Spaces calls the sensation an example of urbanist Holly Whyte’s concept of triangulation: the process in which an external stimulus provides a linkage between people, “prompting strangers to talk to one another as if they knew each other.”

As long as players are safe and respectable, it’s a joy to see people interacting with the city and having fun – one of the main goals of public spaces.

Sarah Fairchild, HGOR

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