Pioneer Park/Gateway Area - Salt Lake City
How to continue building a thriving neighborhood that includes homeless services? That was the challenge Salt Lake City faced in 2014.
I joined Social Agency Lab, a team of urban planners, designers, and artists in a consulting project for the Office of the Mayor of Salt Lake City.
I designed the discovery research process to surface the main issues, and experiences of place, of different stakeholders. The research tactics included:
- "Walking interviews" (interviewing people why walking their neighborhood) with homeless services providers, homeless population, City staff, and the police.
- Direct observation in homeless services facilities.
- Group conversations with homeless residents.
- Drug traffic preys on homelessness.
- Differentiating homeless populations (not everyone has the same needs).
- Stigmatization of the homeless.
- Underused skills of people facing homelessness.
Based on our research, we designed four broad strategies. The actionable projects proposed included:
- Test vehicular traffic control designs to redirect drug trafficking away from homeless facilities.
- Provide long-term and short-term storage to remove stigmatization markers from people facing homelessness.
- Employ people facing homelessness in the upkeep of homeless facilities.
- Establish a community garden accessible to the neighborhood's homeowners, renters and people facing homelessness.