Creating walkable, urban, human-centered neighborhoods in the Granary District.
So, I've been thinking that it would be a great idea to put on a Block Party for the Granary District. An event that will highlight local businesses and assets of the district to spur local investment and growth. I've been messing around with a mission statement and it looks something like this ...
With successful local businesses, a planned streetcar and visionary property owners, The Granary District is ripe for growth and investment. Our mission for the Block Party is to create a temporary
environment where one can visualize a place where people live, work and
play while incorporating local music, art and food to activate and
create a destination for the Block Party. We want to highlight the
local businesses and existing assets to showcase The District to city
officials, investors, citizens, and neighbors to spur local investment
and growth in an underutilized area that’s so close to downtown.
Please click here for an earlier post explaining the idea in more detail plus a great video of a similar event. I've already thrown the idea around with some businesses and property owners in the District and they all seem very excited about the idea. Brandon Garcia of the Utah Pickle Co has been extremely supportive and I think the best location for the party would be on 400 West between 700 and 800 South in front of the Pickle Co and across the street. We could create a temporary, lively neighborhood here with cafés, food stands, music, buskers and other events that capture the feel of a mixed-use, urban, diverse neighborhood.
These are just some ideas I've been thinking about, but I'd like to shoot for the beginning of April to host the party.
That gives us some time to make this Block Party amazing and a foundation for community involvement and investment to start implementing collective ideas and projects in the District. I'm already looking for small grants to give us something to work with. Any grant suggestions/ leads?
What do you all think about the idea? Mission statement? What would you like to see take place/ be a part of the party?