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March 18 State Street Master Plan Update

March 18 State Street Master Plan Update

On Monday, March 18, the State Street Advisory Committee will meet to receive an update on Create State - The State Street Master Plan Process and timeline from City Staff. Additionally, City Staff and a volunteer architect group will present updates to some of the...

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Tips for Making Public Comments at City Meetings

Tips for Making Public Comments at City Meetings

Check the meeting agenda for the public comment section. Prepare concise comments on relevant agenda item. Register at the meeting to speak. Arrive early and sign in to speak. If you're watching remotely, raise your hand online and wait until they call you name. If...

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Giving Thanks, from Friends of State Street

Giving Thanks, from Friends of State Street

On behalf of Friends of State Street, I am writing to express my heartfelt gratitude for your continued support and engagement. With our collaborative "for community, by community" approach, we have successfully partnered with other community organizations to bring to...

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State Street Undercrossing Improvements

State Street Undercrossing Improvements

By Jeff Shelton, Architect In 2019, we were contacted by Bengal Engineering asking if we'd like to join their team as architectural consultant for a new Santa Barbara Public Works project. Bengal was putting together a proposal for the State Street Undercrossing, a...

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The Latest Round of Thinking About the State Street Promenade

The Latest Round of Thinking About the State Street Promenade

By Erik Torkells, Siteline Monday’s meeting of the State Street Advisory Committee included another presentation by consultants MIG Inc. and city staff about what form the State Street Promenade might take. The focus was on thinking about it as three “districts,” and...

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Summer 2023 Update from the President

Summer 2023 Update from the President

Hello Friends of State Street, We are all volunteers who love Santa Barbara, State Street and its potential to become a vital, vibrant pedestrian friendly promenade. We've been busy and we’re just getting started! This summer’s big news: The Santa Barbara city council...

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What Will Become of State Street in the Next Hundred Years?

What Will Become of State Street in the Next Hundred Years?

By Detlev Peikert | Santa Barbara Independent Two of the most important initiatives that the City of Santa Barbara is currently undertaking are the development and implementation of the State Street Master Plan and the renewal of De la Guerra Plaza. These two projects...

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Resolution Outcome: Fees for the outdoor business facilities

Resolution Outcome: Fees for the outdoor business facilities

The outcome of the Tuesday, April 25, 2023 Santa Barbara City Council Meeting: Resolution Outcome: Fees for the outdoor business facilities. Section 1. Resolution of the City Council of the City of Santa Barbara establishing fees for the outdoor business facilities on...

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Outdoor Painting Project – A Big Success

Outdoor Painting Project – A Big Success

This weekend Friends of State Street gathered in the chilly morning air to assist businesses to meet the city's design guidelines along State Street by painting 10 outdoor dining areas. This project was sponsored by Benjamin Moore, Santa Barbara Paint Depot, and...

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State Street Design Concept Planning Workshop

State Street Design Concept Planning Workshop

The State Street design concept planning workshop kicked off on December 10, 2022. Tess Harris, State Street’s master planner introduced the design concept workshop and oversaw the community coming together to engage in the design process. Teams worked together to...

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Pilot Parklet Project

Pilot Parklet Project

Last night, Friends of State Street launched our first initiative, the Pilot Parklet Project at the Night Lizard Brewery. Our crew worked together to freshen planters with some new eye-catching greenery.  

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