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CURB'D Aims to Transform Parking Spaces Across Covington

CURB’D​, a design-­based competition supported by the Carol Ann & Ralph V. Haile Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation, Renaissance Covington, and the MainStrasse Village Association, aims to bring parklets to downtown Covington in May 2016​.

Local resident and People’s Liberty alumna Sam O’Connor will be coordinating the project, which follows a similar trajectory as the CoSign​ initiative launched in 2014. Design teams will have the opportunity to submit proposals to local businesses for parklet construction with a final review by an external jury that will select the top five designs.

Applications for businesses wishing to participate were made available on Monday,​ October 26.

So, what is a parklet anyway? Parklets are a temporary use of a parking space within the public right of way that creates a more pedestrian-­friendly environment and expands the social­life of the street.

CURB’D aims to support local businesses by promoting walkability, connectivity, and placemaking. By attracting a more diverse group of Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati residents, CURB’D​ will showcase the region’s design talent through quasi­temporary public installations. CURB’D​ will launch by issuing a “Call to Parking Spaces,” which will consist of an application process, as well as outline basic guidelines. The CURB’D​ team will then review submitted applications and select 10 businesses that will be eligible to receive concept proposals from design teams.

After making their selections, a “Call to Design Teams” will be issued to local design talent. Design teams may choose to submit a design for any (or all) of the businesses selected. The local business will then choose their favorite design proposal for the next round. Before things get really crazy, business­owners and design teams will be required to attend a “Fabrication Workshop” where they’ll discuss logistics and feasibility. After completing this process, an esteemed panel of experts will review the submissions and select the top five proposals to move forward with fabrication.

Selected parklets will be installed in the downtown Covington and Mainstrasse area spring of 2016 and will be revealed to the public on May 6, 2016.

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