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Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Troost Folks meeting Notes
The following are snippets from conversations that took place on February 11th in the lobby of St.Mary’s Egyptian Orthodox Church. This community group who refer to themselves as the “Troost Folks”, currently work towards strengthening the Troost community.
Mission & Goals
"Making Troost a village, dialogue center, and a new experimental community.”
"Keeping it a grassroots effort, building this village from the ground up.”
"We are neighbors celebrating
"we want to get rid of the western male attitude, and make the feminine (nurturing) our model"
• grass roots
Mission & Goal
Making Troost a
meeting place and
Every Person Matters.
- Warm Reds
- Warm yellows
A Design Landscape
organic versus geometric?
Walking north on Troost Avenue from Emmanuel CleaverII to 31st Street, I found many interesting graphic signs. The majority of them (that stood out to me anyway) had a worn and warm character to them. The following images and color samples are a collection of aesthetics and colors that will influence the visual identity design for the Troost neighborhood and community.
This project is a collaboration between neighbors working together to create a visual symbol/system for their community to take pride in. Their goal is to erase the stigma the neighborhood has in the eyes of their residents and the rest of the Kansas City Metropolitan and also begin a new “experimental community”.
We are exploring how graphic design can facilitate an experimental and collaborative movement. How can graphic design play as a platform for empowering individuals and strengthening the bonds between all neighbors?
FIRST HAND RESEARCH
Here are snippets from street interviews (in between 43rd and Emanuel Cleaver II on Troost Ave)
What do you like about Troost?
"It’s very vibrant, and
sometimes a mad house.”
"It's where I work"
"It's Peaceful, in between 6 AM and 5 PM"
"It never goes to sleep. There's Drama here, but there's drama everywhere"
"It's a Traveling Street....
"The bus comes often, it's good for older people"
The KU architecture Students who are designing (hypothetical) centers to be placed on empty lots on Troost or in abandoned buildings. Among their centers they're designing (once again, hypothetical) is
- Radio Station
- Van Go Center (for kids)
Here are snippets from an interview with them
Q: In a few words, what do you like about these two streets?
A: "Their versatility”
Q: In a few words, what do you dislike about these two streets?
A: "The perception that it’s the worst place to be.”
Q: What, who or where are your resources of information for this neighborhood?
A: "Rodney Nott and a few residents I was able to meet.”
Q: How many abandoned buildings exist along Troost?
A: "I would make a guess of 15—20 maybe in our
Q: Why are they abandoned?
A: "Many investors have found the area not to be profitable in the more blighted areas, which is mostly in our area.”
Q: Who are the target audience with these buildings?
A: "I would say the young adults who have been in the area for a while too.”
Q: What are the residents looking for to happen with these emptylots abandoned building?
A: "I’m not sure they are looking for anything in particular.
I feel alot of them just want something to happen.”
Q: What makes a successful community?
A: "A community that is socially connected,
and where everyone’s aware of changes as they come.”
Q: What is your main goal in designing these projects on these two streets?
A: "My main goal is to design something that the particular
people in the area can gain pride & ownership of.”
Q: What is the moral of The King of Kings County?
A: "Great knowledge comes with great responsibility to do what’s morally right.”