The Meatpacking District is excited to host a three-day event titled “Future Streets on Little West 12th Street” in partnership with the American Institute of Architects (AIANY), the American Society of Landscape Architecture (ASLA-NY), and the American Planning Association (APA-NYM). The project, scheduled to take place from September 11th through the 13th, will explore how the Meatpacking District’s streets could be reimagined to increase pedestrian public space, promote for a range of community activities, and respond to changes in street-space demands in the context of COVID -19.
Over the course of three days, the Future Streets project will transform Little West 12th Street between Washington Street and Ninth Avenue into a new pedestrian-prioritized space complete with flexible seating, plantings, art, and other amenities. While allowing for required vehicle access, the project will demonstrate how our streets could be adapted for social distancing and transformed to improve the pedestrian experience, promote public health, and increase foot traffic for local businesses.
With so much discussion in the City focused on the future of streets and the need to adapt urban spaces in response to COVID-19, this project serves as a tangible step towards further developing the Meatpacking District as a pedestrian-oriented district. This 3-day event will engage the community, allowing our neighbors to explore this new streetscape concept, and experience what a pedestrian-prioritized street could be and how these proposed streetscapes would operate.
Informed by this engagement the Meatpacking BID hopes to work with our partners at the NYC DOT and other stakeholders to expand our existing network of Open Streets into a full-fledged pedestrian-district, one of only a few in New York City. We envision developing an upgraded public realm that will accommodate a wide range of programing throughout the day and night, through all seasons.