Frequently Asked Questions
What are our goals?
We want to serve as a central connector for all the people and organizations who have a vision for what a revitalized State Street could be. As a 501(c)(3) organization, we receive and disburse donations to help bring these visions to life.
What do we do?
What’s our design vision for State Street?
How’s it going so far?
What makes it work?
To be sure, there are challenges ahead on many fronts, and this will take time. We are working to support a State Street that delights people now and has a foundation to grow for the generations to come.
The people are the fabric of this city. We are here to support that sense of ownership and help build on that momentum, because we live and work here.
What organizations are we similar to?
We serve as a layer of support and connection, bridging gaps between the city’s processes and the needs of local businesses and community organizations.
We are being mentored by the NYC Highline Network who have shared best practices and toolkits from their group of infrastructure reuse projects and the people who are helping make them come to life.
What sorts of things have we done so far?
We then brought in Benjamin Moore to donate paint and community volunteers to get the job done -painting 14 parklets all in one morning. We tracked down the specific paint colors required for outdoor trim specified by the Santa Barbara urban historian, and posted the information on our website for businesses.
The relationship we’ve established with Santa Barbara Paint Depot now enables local businesses to find the approved paint colors easily at a reasonable cost. In short, we are ready and willing to do the legwork that helps local businesses and organizations have more time to focus on what they do best.
We also initiated and sponsored a regular conversation series with City State Street Planner Tess Harris. These sessions are tailored to local stakeholder groups to ensure that everyone has a chance to make their voice heard in a focused, small-group setting.