August 28, 2012 at 9:45 AM

RE:MIKE: Share Your Story

Help make St. Michael's Drive awesome

By Todd Eric Lovato

Fox in a Forest

Todd Eric Lovato is a Santa Fe native, the managing editor of SantaFe.com and an overfed, long-haired leaping gnome.

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I received some interesting information from Julia Goldberg, who is working closely with a new online project that aims to shape the future of the St. Michael's Drive corridor. The RE:MIKE project is preparing for a "pop-up pre-vitalization" event on St. Mike's, slated for Sept. 20-23. You can contribute to the project by taking five minutes and heading to the website to share some of your experiences and suggestions for a vibrant St. Mike's. In a blog entry, Goldberg writes:

"The Remikeable website will be a resource in the coming months for anyone interested in learning more about the RE:MIKE project.  MIX is teaming up with Story of Place Institute and the City of Santa Fe, as well as several other individuals and private and nonprofit partners, to produce the multi-faceted event that will serve to generate ideas and inspiration about the future of St. Michael’s Drive."

The event will feature demonstration projects around water and food sheds, energy, transportation and potential for entrepreneurial development; pop-up businesses from local entrepreneurs; food and music; and lectures and presentations, according to Goldberg.

Julia goes on:

Leading up the event, principles on the project are seeking both ideas for the future of St. Mike’s, as well as stories about its past.

Zane Fischer, a MIX coordinator and principle of Anagr.am design studio, says those stories are another tool toward identifying St. Michael’s existing assets, as well as its potential for the future.

“The goal is to celebrate the assets that a place does have and identify what are the important things here in order to have a non-judgmental dialogue about what could happen in the future—not what will happen, or what should happen,” Fischer says.

Organizers hope to hear from all sectors of Santa Fe on this project, including those who have witnessed the development of the corridor over recent decades. That development includes major institutions, such as Santa Fe University of Art and Design and the Santa Fe Art Institute, as well as numerous public schools and important small businesses in the area.

“St. Michael’s as a developed neighborhood is relatively young,” Fischer says. “So there are people who still remember when it was just the quivira beyond the city and you would take the sheep out to the llano and graze. There are people who remember the Brunn hospital and St. Michael’s being built as a bypass. As downtown Santa Fe became more precious and expensive, hardware stores and a lot of the basic services went toward St. Mike’s before expanding even further south.”

Share your experience at the RE:MIKE website and put your mark on one of Santa Fe's more potential thoroughfares.

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