Revolutionizing the Road – Parklets on 4th Street

June 20, 2011 § 8 Comments

Studio One Eleven has been working with two businesses on Long Beach’s Retro Row to develop the very first parklet program in Southern California. Similar programs are beginning to flourish in New York and San Francisco, so we are excited to have the opportunity to try one in our own hometown.

But what exactly is a parklet?

Well, a parklet is a “sidewalk oasis” that is built into the stalls of parallel parking spots in order to create more pedestrian space. Parklets extend the width of the sidewalk and usually occupy 1-2 parking spaces, with planters and railing providing separation from the street. They are most often treated as additional dining room space for restaurants, but can be used for anything from bike racks to benches.

The parklets we are creating are for two restaurants on 4th Street: Number Nine and Lola’s Authentic Mexican Cuisine.
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Studio One Eleven Births a Renaissance

March 21, 2011 § Leave a comment

Though still unfinished, Fingerprints and Berlin are already attracting clientele.

The Long Beach Business Journal has featured us in an article about the transformation of Long Beach’s East Village; from a seedy and dilapidated old neighborhood to a blossoming hub of arts and culture, the East Village Arts District is rejuvenating the heart of downtown – and getting noticed. Read the piece below, or view it here.

While most commercial projects are still stymied by the economic downturn, there’s one pocket of Long Beach where business is swiftly taking a new form.

A mixture of public seed money, infrastructure improvements, private investment and an innovative approach to redevelopment in the past year has transformed this small corridor on the northern section of the East Village Arts District. A wave of interest has come from local patrons and independent businesses, willing to put their money and confidence into a once dilapidated set of old buildings at 4th Street and Linden Avenue. Read more…

Studio One Eleven participates in PARK(ing) Day LA

September 20, 2010 § Leave a comment

PARK(ing) Day LA 2010 - 4th + Cherry, Long Beach

This year we were invited to work with the 4th Street Business Association to assist in converting the parking lot on 4th Street + Cherry Avenue into a park. After a short design charette, we conceived of a park of community based vendors which were loosely organized around a landscape path of different colored chalk footprints.

We re-installed the “Bike Shelter”, a reclaimed wood prototype built by our own David Hernandez, at the corner of the site. This wonderful shelter helped give some visibility to the lot and was quite a centerpiece of discussions; from multi-modal transportation in our communities to issues of sustainability and adaptive re-use.

In addition to our program pieces, we wanted to allow the community to get involved in creating this park. “Welcome Mats” of colored chalk were arranged around the lot to encourage people to move from area to area, tracking the colors as they visited each vendor. What we did not expect were the break-out long jump contests and that dogs too would participate! Seems all enjoyed the art park that day.

Click here to see an article about our park on 562 City Life, or click here to see it featured on ABC7 Eyewitness News!

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