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September 24, 2006

Just Being Social

There are many social design errors, but most can be overlooked without worry. Some howerver standout as issues that need to be rectified

The corner of 15th Ave. SE and 4th St. SE is a standout issue.

When one reaches the corner they get a feeling of unwelcomeness. It is as if the concrete jungle has completely overgrown the area. There is an abscence of trees or shrubbery and the storefronts are rundown. The entire area needs a facelift. The McDonald's is run down and foreboding and by far the biggest issue on the intersection. For an area meant to draw in students, Dinkytown is just a tad creepy.

I would be much in favor of a renovation of the area. It would increase the influx of poeple into Dinkytown. The livelihood of the business' in the surrounding area would increase as more students are drawn in. It would not have to be a full renovation, a little help could go a long way in this situation.

September 18, 2006

Market Energy

The Midtown Market experience is a little out of the ordinary. The initial reaction most would have of the market is that is a place of total chaos. It is not after a half hour of observation that one realizes that there is an order underlying the place. All of the small vendors gel together in a healthy competition for possible consumers. It is a place that all kinds of people can occupy and find something that would interest them.

The dictionary has many definitions of energy, and the closest to describing the enery found in Midtown Market is one of strength, but even this is not an accurate enough description of the energy bristling in the market. The energy is a palpable force of converging forces that assault the senses, in a good way, to provide an evocative experience. Energy can be defined in many ways, but the most fitting definition in this scenario is that energy is the exchange of power, thought, feeling, and emotion. One cannot simply define energy in a sense, it is to vague a word to give a complete description of. One can only attempt to explain it.

There are many ways to create, use, and exchange energy in Midtown Market. The varied interior of the building creates an ebb and flow, a pulsing , a constantly changing environment. Each vendor's stall is stylistically different from the next, causing consumers to be drawn from place to place. The creation of energy occurs rapidly and abundantly through the interaction of vendors and consumers. With vendors vying for the consumers, they attempt to stand out by decorating their stalls in ways that evoke emotion and feeling. It is also a communal meeting place where many can come to socialize and exchange ideas. The use of live music also creates an indescribable energy within the building. This energy can be used to insure that an interesting time is had by all. In fact, the energy could possibly be used to show that humans from many ethnic backgrounds can come together and coexist in harmony. It is almost mesmerizing as one wanders the building to see the constant exchange of energy. There is always an incessant hum of dialogue within the market. It practicaly exudes feelings of calm and joy as one wanders the building.