Oct 212013
 

On Tuesday September 17, NoC editor Danny Mayer unveiled design plans for an urban commons across from LexTran. Organized under the theme #FreeLexTran, the plans represented an amalgam of ideas generated through the Mayor’s Challenge, a Lexington-based urban design challenge announced in March. Mayer was granted 5 minutes of time by his District 1 council member Chris Ford to show-and-tell the idea to city council and mayor. The following are the text and images of his power point presentation, lightly revised.

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Sep 122013
 

Public reveal of “MLKV” plans  set for Tuesday, September 17

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Mayer's Town Branch Commons Design Challenge. Photo by Danny Mayer.

Mayer’s Town Branch Commons Design Challenge. Photo by Danny Mayer.

This past April, NoC editor Danny Mayer issued an urban design challenge for Fayette Urban Countiers. The Mayer’s Challenge sought ideas and plans for affordably redeveloping a small part of city-owned urban space across Vine Street from the LexTran station. The design challenge was inspired by the city’s recent interest in redeveloping under-used parts of the urban fabric–particularly those urban surface parking lots that Rupp Opportunity Zone Master Planner Gary Bates once described as unsightly and unnecessary.

After months of collating ideas, on Tuesday, September 17, Mayer will present at two different public gatherings his findings for “MLKV”–his name for  the area under the MLK Viaduct. The first will be a brief presentation to City Council at their weekly 3:00 Tuesday Work Session. After that, a second public unveiling and presentation (you are all invited) will take place beginning at 7:00 pm at Al’s Bar.

“This is important,” Mayer said at a Sunday morning press conference. “The Scape design for the area calls for removal of the MLK viaduct. Our plans, meanwhile, attempt to work with it rather than remove it. It’s a difference worth considering. And 2-for-1 at Al’s.”

And don’t worry, Mayer says. There were plenty of great ideas.

“I was skeptical at first, but color me impressed. There’s just a lot of bright FUCers out there.”

Apr 052013
 

A call to commoners

Mayer's Town Branch Commons Design Challenge. Photo by Danny Mayer.

Mayer’s Town Branch Commons Design Challenge. Photo by Danny Mayer.

NoC editor Danny Mayer is sponsoring a Town Branch Commons design challenge. He’s calling on area commoners to come up with a functional design to redevelop a portion of  151 East Vine Street, a .62 acre publicly owned surface parking lot that runs downtown between Vine and Water Street. He will present the winning idea to a meeting of the city council, where he will formally request public funding for the project.

The idea for Mayer’s challenge began after the NoC editor read about the Lexington Fayette Urban County Government’s recent admission that closing down surface parking lots on Vine Street is “clearly implementable” and “within the realm of do-ability.” The observation came in response to the recent selection of Scape Landscape Architecture’s proposal for a linear downtown park named the Town Branch Commons.

“I think it’s great,” Mayer said, “that city leaders are finally acknowledging the benefits of transforming under-used government property into human-scaled places of interaction and mobility. I want to do my part to encourage more of that thinking.” Continue reading »

Mar 172013
 
Mayer's Town Branch Commons Design Challenge. Photo by Danny Mayer.

Mayer’s Town Branch Commons Design Challenge. Photo by Danny Mayer.

NoC editor Danny Mayer is sponsoring a Town Branch Commons design challenge. He’s calling on area commoners to come up with an affordable and functional design to redevelop a portion of  151 East Vine Street, a .62 acre publicly owned surface parking lot that runs downtown between Vine and Water Street in Lexington, Kentucky. He will present the winning idea to a meeting of the city council, at which time he will formally request public funding for the project.

The idea for Mayer’s challenge began after the NoC editor read about a city leader’s recent admission that closing down surface parking lots on Vine Street is “clearly implementable” and “within the realm of do-ability.”

“I think it’s great,” Mayer said, “that city leaders are finally acknowledging the benefits of transforming under-used government property into human-scaled places of interaction and mobility. I want to do my part to encourage more of that thinking.” Continue reading »