Posts filed under Demonstration

Sudden Park

This summer, the Sudden Park popped up at the former Sahr’s Sudden Service station to activate the Horace Mann Neighborhood with a vibrant public space. Over four months the park has hosted eight public events including a neighborhood block party and a concert. That’s almost 1,000 visitors during public events only, not including everyday park use.

Two of these events were co-hosted alongside property owners, Kilbourne Group, with the goal of gaining critical insights to inform the future of the site. Though the timeline and design are still yet to be determined, we are incredibly grateful for all of the community input that has been given so far, and value these thoughts in the design process. 

Posted on October 24, 2016 and filed under Demonstration.

Sudden Service Design Sprint

During the summer of 2016, the Folkways team completed a 5-day Design Sprint (a fancy term for a brainstorm) to get community input on how to transform an old gas station into an urban park and community event space. It taught us that the biggest challenges require less time—not more—and that you can test anything in one week by building a realistic mock-up.

Day 1: Monday
First things first: we needed a goal: use community-centered design to activate and meaningfully transform the gas station into a beloved location for its neighborhood. We then mapped how you and others will interact with the site to better understand where we might be able to enrich your experience.

Posted on August 1, 2016 and filed under Demonstration.

Fargo Liquor Code Improvement Memo

Fargo’s liquor code is a complicated conglomerate of high start up costs, secondary markets, and twenty-six distinct types of licenses. Its convoluted structure is a cultural and economic bottleneck that obstructs economic growth and is counter to the public’s well-being. This system has not been created intentionally or negligently, but has become trapped by path dependency and the lack of a holistic plan.

Moving forward, city officials have the opportunity to create a new system that provides opportunities for business owners and entrepreneurs while ensuring that all license holders are held responsible for their actions. In order for reform to be meaningful, however, it must address the economic, cultural, and community shortcomings of the current code. 

Posted on August 12, 2015 and filed under Demonstration, Local Business.

Roberts Alley Restoration Initiative

Folkways has a thing for alleyways. They're interesting, a little quirky, and they happen to be the setting for an event that we co-founded, called Alley Fair. As we have continued to make creative use out of these pedestrian thoroughfares, we have seen an increase in businesses taking advantage of them as well with new alley entrances, patios, and more. 

Posted on August 4, 2015 and filed under Demonstration.

Uber in North Dakota

In the fall of 2013, I packed my bags and moved to the bustling metropolis of Chicago for grad school at Experience Institute.

While living in Chicago, my classmates and I experienced the variety that comes with living in one of America's largest cities. From food to museums, nightlife to transportation, we had so many options.

This was when I took my first ride with ridesharing service, Uber.

Posted on July 31, 2015 and filed under Demonstration.

Walk [Fargo]

Walk Your City is simple idea to create a context of walkability. It’s often difficult to conceptualize the distance to a destination when the given comparison is only measured by miles traveled by car. Our understanding can be greatly increased by adjusting our measurement to duration, rather than distance. About how long will it take for me to walk?

Posted on May 4, 2015 and filed under Demonstration.