Pioneer Park/Gateway Area - Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City

Pioneer Park/Gateway Area - Salt Lake City

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.

Discovery Process

Discovery Process

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. 

Issues

Issues

- Drug traffic preys on homelessness.

- Differentiating homeless populations (not everyone has the same needs).

- Stigmatization of the homeless.

- Underused skills of people facing homelessness.

Design solutions

Design solutions

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.