Inaccessible Green Space

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These benches can be found in the park adjacent to Bloomington Central Station. While the presence of benches and tree cover seemed initially inviting, I noticed that there are gravel paths connecting the benches that are opposite one another, but there is nothing that connects these to one another, and there is no path that connects them to the sidewalk. That begs the question – was this designed with the intention that people would repeatedly trample the grass to get to these benches? Personally, I felt as though I was supposed to appreciate the presence of the benches while also feeling as though I did not belong sitting on them.

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