ReSurfaced is an initiative that explores creative strategies to activate underutilized urban spaces.
As with many mid-sized cities like Louisville, surface parking and vacant lots have weakened once great walkable environments for a significant portion of the downtown and surrounding areas. Through ReSurfaced, community and strategic partners, including a critical partnerships with Louisville Metro, worked to pre-vitalize these spaces by making low-cost investments that activate the space NOW rather than wait for big, long-term developments to take shape. The initiatives focus on the city as the ultimate user interface, where the community can experiment and enjoy unique locations, beginning a dialog about how to revive the multitude of surface lots and underutilized spaces, turning spaces into places.
Each ReSurfaced project was a temporary initiative to illustrate the civic benefit, public interest, and economic potential of incrementally activating underutilized spaces while creating a more vibrant urban environment that can more quickly realize the City's latent potential.
Due to the need for social distancing during COVID, the program is on hold, but we are always looking for future opportunities to bring our experience to spaces across the city and region.
This map illustrates the amount of surface lots and vacant hardscape spaces in and around the central business district in Louisville, KY. The black shapes indicate buildings and red are surface lots that present an opportunity to reweave the urban fabric and create a stronger, more walkable, and more vibrant city.