The Collective, together with clients and local partners, collaborated on a community workshop designed to re-envision the future of the West 22nd Open Street between 7th & 8th Avenues in Chelsea.
CCCE designed, co-led, and evaluated the workshop, and designed three Shared Street options. After CB4 approval, NYC DOT built Phase 1 of the project – the first residential Shared Street in the City.
At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) responded by developing an Open Street program. In May 2020, thanks to the efforts of Ms. Melodie Bryant and her neighbors, CHEKPEDS and CB4, W. 22nd Street between 7th and 8th Avenues, became one of the first Open Streets to prioritize pedestrians and bicyclists over vehicular uses during the hours of 8 AM to 8 PM, seven days a week with a 5 MPH speed limit.
The Open Street was actively used during the pandemic, and surveys conducted in 2021 found that most young and old neighbors enjoyed the the safety and quiet atmosphere of the Open Street, and wanted more more green space in the future. In 2022, the LGBTQ+ Pride celebration transformed the Open Street with public art and programs.
In August 2022, Ms. Bryant hired the Collective for Community, Culture and Environment to work in partnership with Tom Lunke Studio to develop a West 22nd Open Street Community Visioning Workshop. Mr. Lunke and Ms. Bryant canvassed the businesses along the Open Street and 7th and 8th avenues, between 21st and 23rd streets, to gain support and place flyers in their windows.
The workshop took place in St. Paul’s German Evangelical Lutheran Church on October 15, 2022 for 2 1⁄2 hours. Of the 63 people that attended, 2 were organizers, 11 were facilitators and 50 were general participants.