Creating walkable, urban, human-centered neighborhoods in the Granary District.
Our last klatch was held on a snowy, stormy evening Tuesday the 2nd at Sustainble Startups in Art Space Commons. It was great to get together over coffee, and drinks to recap the first season (!) of Granary Row and ideas for the next season.
Those in attendance
Matt Swindle, Imbue Design
Sean Murphy - Salt Lake City Corporation
Brook Oswald - U of U MRED Program
Lexi Paparo - Kentlands Initiative Intern
Christian Harrison - Kentlands Initiative
Juliana - Trufle Creative
Cassidy - Trufle Creative
Thomas Bath - Parallel Lines Studios
Jenn Blum -
Stacey Foster - Mineral & Matter
James Alfandre - Kentlands Initiative
We recapped Granary Row's first season starting with the neighborhood goals it achieved:
All findings will be finalized and compiled into a report that will be submitted to the Redevelopment Agency and available for download.
(Video of auto and Pedestrian interactions at Granary Row)
Do you think Granary Row was a good use of the right-of-way? Answer the Yes/No poll here.
Then we talked about what the next season for Granary Row would be, which in the minds of Kentlands Initiative was to take a year off and focus on making a semi-permanent (5-10 year installation) Granary Row starting in 2015. The reason behind this is it takes too much money to do temporarily in the middle of the street, so if Granary Row is going to happen again in the middle of the street, it would be more efficient to do for a longer period of time (5-10 years), which, would negate the "temporary" status, making the financing, permitting and build-out longer and more intensive. So Kentlands was looking at 2015 for these reasons.
After presenting this plan, we received a LOT of push back from the Crowd who were in attendance, which was GREAT because we were thinking of doing it one way and the Crowd wanted to go in a completely different direction, so that's what we're doing! Although, we're still subject to City approval, permitting and fundraising for another temporary season, though on a smaller scale this time. Nothing impossible :)
The Crowd does not want to see Granary Row take a year off. It was expressed that we already have the containers, so why not use them somehow. We also have a property owners who has expressed interest in hosting Granary Row on his property on the corner of 500 West and 800 South. This will probably be the location if 2014 is going to happen based on time. Some other ideas for future locations that were mentioned are under the viaduct on 6th and 6th, the the scrap metal yard on 500 West and 700 South, the 9Line and even the Fleet Block — these are just brainstormed ideas, and we'll need to qualify them with the property owners.
Click here for a map of locations.
As Matt reminded everyone: "It's a shipping container, it's supposed to move around. That's what's fun about it!"
The ideas and feelings discussed are:
On the flip-side of keeping a temporary, nomadic Granary Row happening each season, the Crowd didn't want to lose the momentum of using the right-of-ways and how important that is for the future of the neighborhood, whether it's micro retail, residential space and gardens gardens. Some ideas to continue the momentum for the right-of-way of the first Granary Row location are:
So, for those who couldn't make it to the klatch, what do YOU think? Should we shoot for a 2014 season? What temporary locations do you like best? Any other suggestions?
Another klatch is scheduled for January to continue the discussion. Stay tuned for more details!