Monday, February 24, 2014

index_0.jpgSince last August, the public has been submitting ideas and images for the Re:Imagine Downtown campaign, the City of Garden Grove’s 20-year visioning for the civic center area, through an online forum called Mindmixer. Now, feedback will come face-to-face.

Currently, landscape architecture master’s students and department faculty from Cal Poly Pomona’s award-winning 606 Studio are interviewing small groups of stakeholders to garner input on topics such as favorite places to go, preferred means of travel, and the importance of open spaces.

Garden Grove residents, business owners, and civic leaders of all ages, faiths, and cultures will be invited by 606 Studio students to participate in the discussions, being held throughout the community. The results will be analyzed and serve as the basis for new questions being posted on the online forum, www.reimaginedowntowngg.com

BeFunky_DSC03501 (1).jpg.jpg“This is a very diverse community, so we need a diverse set of ways to gather our information, like through schools, libraries, churches, Main Street establishments, and parks. We want to know where people in Garden Grove want to go, and what are the barriers to getting there, in order to increase mobility for pedestrians and cyclists,” said Dr. Lee-Anne Milburn, Chair of the Landscape Architecture Department at Cal Poly Pomona.

Community outreach by 606 Studio students will largely be ‘participatory urban assessments’ involving public displays of large, mounted maps, with questionnaires seeking public feedback. There will also be some small focus groups and surveys.

All research conducted will ultimately form a design plan for the civic center district, incorporating sustainability, open space planning, and urban revitalization, while balancing the needs of residents, visitors, and business development.

The public is encouraged to continue sharing thoughts and visuals at www.reimaginedowntowngg.com. To date, the website has received 31,866 page views and 3,488 visitors.

For more information about the Re:Imagine Downtown campaign, visit their website, or contact Erin Webb, Community Development Department, at (714) 741-5313 or Dr. Lee-Anne Milburn, Department Chair, Landscape Architecture, Cal Poly Pomona, at (909) 869-6814.