Use this Website to Customize Your Optimal Lower East Side Street
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The Lower East Side Partnership wants to “reimagine” both Ludlow and Canal Streets because they’re “important and valuable corridors of the Lower East Side.” Just remember that reimagine is oftentimes a euphemism for upscale/gentrify.
To achieve said goal, the business improvement district teamed up with Streetmix to create an online tool (nay, game) to customize the area experience. It’s called “Make Our Street,” and allows users to mix up different traffic and building scenarios for Ludlow or Canal. A slider at the bottom provides different add-on options, such as street seats, bike lanes, street cars, trees, and sidewalks. The website is good for at least ten minutes of time suck.
Here is the pitch from the official pitch:
Canal and Ludlow Streets are important and valuable corridors of the Lower East Side. They are home to a diverse set of uses and a wide range of stakeholders. As the neighborhood diversifies and continues to change we want our streets to follow suit. This is where you come in. Through collaboration and co-creation you can help us reimagine what our streets can be.
We had great success in reimagining the Orchard Street corridor with community stakeholders. We gathered information through a hands on model event and invited all to contribute and play with a kit of parts.
Now it is time to reimagine Canal Street and Ludlow Street.