Saturday, November 5, 2011

The Social Life of Mid-Market Street

After recently thinking about what our cities can learn from the temporality of Burning Man and lo and behold this appeared this week on the SFist, a free bike repair kiosk has appeared in abandoned news stands in the Mid-Market district of SF.

J. Barmann/ The SFist

I've made no secret of my admiration for the use of underutilized resources, especially when they new use is such and intuitive outgrowth of the previous use or structure. There is no question that abandoned "street furniture" does more to detract from the vitality of a street than if nothing had ever been placed there. With so much effort in the revitalization
It's impressive to see how relatively quickly this concept went from brainstorms spearheaded by HOK in September of last year to a functioning reality today. Below are some of the visuals from the charettes.

There is a lot of admirable momentum from a lot of great organizations around revitalizing Market between 5th and 10th, SPUR is one of the leaders. As part of an ongoing Reclaim Market Street! exhibition, they'll be showing urban planner William H. Whyte's classic film "The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces" on Nov. 15. I'll see you there!

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