Help Design State Street!

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Help Design State Street!
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By the City of Santa Barbara

On December 9th and 10th, the City will host workshops at 821 State Street for members of the community to help create design concepts for the project area.

Attendees will be grouped into small teams to design a typical block on State Street using a map of the street and game pieces that reflect potential transportation options and activities that could be included in the long-term design for State Street. Each team's design poster will be hung at the location and available for viewing on December 9th and 10th at 821 State Street. Each workshop will also include a brief project update and time to view other teams' designs.

All events will include the same activities and be in English and Spanish. No professional design experience is required to participate in any of these events, and all community members are welcome. Childcare will be provided, and a pop-up art show focused on creativity and innovation, in collaboration with The Arts Fund, will take place during the design events.

Also, if you have not already taken the survey, please do so before attending a community design workshop. We hope to see you on December 9 or 10th!

Community Design Workshops

December 9th 10am – 1pm

This design workshop is geared towards design professionals (e.g., those working in design, construction, land use, and related fields). Participants are encouraged to stay for the duration of the workshop, although not required. An RSVP for this workshop is strongly encouraged. Please RSVP here.

December 9th 4pm – 7pm

This design workshop is open to all community members. No RSVP is required. Participants are encouraged to stay for the duration of the workshop, although not required. Childcare will be provided for families with children ages 1.5 years and older that are participating in the event.

December 10th 9am – 12pm

This design workshop is open to all community members. No RSVP is required. Participants are encouraged to stay for the duration of the workshop, although not required. Childcare will be provided for families with children ages 1.5 years and older that are participating in the event.

Community Open House

December 10th 1-4pm

All community members are invited to this Open House and are welcome to stop by anytime and stay for as long as they would like to view the workshop posters, review existing conditions, and participate in a variation of the workshop activities.

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a-1669742357 Nov 29, 2022 09:19 AM
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Now the high paid City staff spent a fortune, no thought into original design for parklets. They’re asking for the public to do their job. Where can I apply for a job like that?

FernaldPoint93108 Nov 29, 2022 11:02 AM
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This announcement very ambiguous as to what type of changes they are talking about. The buildings (privately owned) and trees are off the table. That doesn't leave a lot of room for re-imagining aside from plopping sculptures around town and maybe swapping bricks for something else.

Chip of SB Nov 29, 2022 11:06 AM
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I would recommend going back in time 40+ years, those were the days. If that can’t be done, I would suggest picking the most vacant and desolate 2-3 blocks of state street, having the city buy all the property, demolishing everything, and making it into a park/ open space. If the property is too expensive, I would recommend implementing highly restrictive and unduly burdensome architectural review requirements until the property values drop sufficiently to make the open space plan feasible.

OpossumBoy Nov 29, 2022 04:49 PM
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Chip, I second your suggestion to restore it the way it was 30-40 years ago, but this time let’s prohibit cars between Sola and Cabrillo. Let’s bring back the small electric shuttles that you could ride for only 25 cents.

Luvaduck Nov 30, 2022 08:35 AM
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My little kids and I walked, & shopped at stores intended for ordinary people. We had lunch at Woolworth's often. If "Civil Servants" had wanted to then, starting at Woolworth's & the art museum and running a few blocks south, a PEDESTRIAN mall--no vehicles of <ANY> kind, no cross-traffic) with 2' raised planter squares planted w/trees lacking invasive root systems anda excessive thirst would have provided shade and <temporary> seating for shoppers & elderly walkers. Seeing what library square became and given the platoons of vagrants & graffitti-vandals acquited since, it wouldn't work now. Realistically, bars, "adult" venues, street vendors (of all kinds) with a tiled-roof police substation and/or urgent care at the end?

Basicinfo805 Nov 29, 2022 04:24 PM
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Classic and predictable move by our taxpayer-funded SB City Staff. They punted this several times over by hiring consultants on our dimes, and now want to see what we have to say. Hey City staff - do your job, make a call. Decide something and go with it, or get off the pot.

a-1669820311 Nov 30, 2022 06:58 AM
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...OR you could be a little bit proactive and complete the online survey instead of complaining. Maybe it will help, maybe not. But maybe you will feel heard.

Luvaduck Nov 30, 2022 08:39 AM
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It doesn't take excellent hearing (or a commission) to know what most people think of the downtown and what should be done. We haven't been a 'silent majority' just an ignored majority.

Britinsb Dec 01, 2022 10:30 AM
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I vote fill in and level out the road with the same tile as the sidewalks and turn most (all?) of State Street into a public plaza. That way restaurants don't need parklets and can just put out tables and chairs. Basically Las Ramblas in Barcelona.

Voice of Reason Dec 01, 2022 10:36 AM
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Too expensive. We can accomplish similar by allowing the businesses to expand onto the sidewalks in front of their space and stop at the curb, with the street becoming the sidewalk. The plain black asphalt could be dressed up with various paint schemes / designs.

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