Creating walkable, urban, human-centered neighborhoods in the Granary District.
Just came back from the meeting today and I had a bunch of ideas flowing so I thought, I would put them here. I hope this isn't a defunct thread because I can see no one has commented in a while..
I can see you guys have already thought up so many cool things, I think they are really great.
Soliciting donations sounds really effective, who doesn't love some free advertising?
Today, I thought of contacting the cycle shop I live next to on 1300 east and 250 south, I think it is called cyclesmith. Has someone contacted them already?
I was thinking they might want to come down and have a booth during the block party. Rent some bikes out to people walking around or offer some repair or maybe just talk to people about their prices and the benefits of bicycling.
For soliciting, I also thought of the funky furniture store, that I saw when I did the gallery stroll. Maybe they will offer some furniture for the public or maybe just for some of you guys who started this to sit in while you watch everything unfold during the block party.
Also, I remember a funky plant shop on broadway. They might want to show off some plants.
In terms of materials, I have a large piece of an old sign. It is like plywood with an advertisement on the other side(this surface is smooth, so someone could potentially paint on it). It is pretty big, about 6 feet long and 3 or 4 feet wide. Someone can use it for a canvas for art or something cool, maybe a table top?
Also, something I am really excited about is the KSL classifieds. They have a free section where people post items they just want taken away for free. I was looking on there just now and I saw free gravel, wood, furniture, entertainment centers, counter tops, old pianos.. so many good items we could recycle and reuse. We just have to pick them up!! I keep thinking of ways we can use recycled items to make really cool street furniture. My father owns a flatbed trailer we could pick things up with.
I don't want to cheapen the project, but I can see some neat possibilities with these free items. I don't know if this is too far from the original initiative or if street furniture has already been worked out, so I would love to get some feedback on this.
The pushcart and Ashley's ideas are really clever, I would have never have thought of those things. Those would be attention-grabbing for sure. Amazing ideas.
The last thing I wanted to comment on was something I mentioned at the end of the meeting. I was thinking a good transportation solution might be a "one-way street" of sorts. It would have a one way lane for cars and on the other side of the tracks, a one way lane for bicyclists and pedestrians. I realize it doesn't fully meld the idea of cars, bikes, and pedestrians to one street, but it seems practical for this event. Also, I don't know if this would be not allowed because it can be viewed as shutting down the street. Just putting this suggestion out there.
Anyway, this post has gone on for way too long, haha. Input? Comments?
I am so glad you are on board. These ideas are fantastic!
I love love love the idea of having furniture set out during the block party, both used and created out of free materials. Some of the people in my group were really interested in that kind of thing, and seem very handy with building that kind of thing. We also talked about the group, City Repair, and the way they create little nooks for people to use on street corners. You should check them out--we were thinking of making some benches/furniture and having a community bookshelf or solar-powered tea cozy nearby. So yes to the furniture ideas!
Could you trawl the free section of Craigslist and post whatever relevant materials you find here so we can start thinking about how to use them?
Also, bikes. We NEED people from the bike community, so I think it would be awesome if you talked to Cyclesmith and others. Tell them we need bike people to cycle around collecting people's ideas, people to do a bike valet, maybe a bike repair thing, whatever! Say we want bike people to design their perfect bike-able neighborhood, painting in bike lanes, etc etc. that would be awesome.
If you and some others are down to go around to the businesses you mentioned and get them involved, that is great. We will need a lot of trees and shrubs and greenery for our ideas, so the Paradise Palm place is awesome for that.
Love the ideas, including the one-way street. Keep them coming!
I'll definitely check out City Repair. A community bookshelf and solar-powered tea cozy? I'll have to hear more about those sometime, sounds cool. We have a community bookshelf at my work, if I'm thinking of the kind of community bookshelf you are.
I'll definitely head to the stores when I snag some free time and talk to them about the project and everything you mentioned. Paradise Palm, that's what it was called.. haha.
Also, I'll post soon with the free materials I found,