El Moore Greens Design Community

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East of the El Moore apartment building is the El Moore Greens shared community commons. This space will incorporate and portray the sustainable design principals utilized in the El Moore apartments, and likewise the Green Garage.


The Greens Design Community Schedule

  • Session 1: El Moore Greens Overview
  • Session 2: Green's Sustainability Goals
  • Session 3: Jane Jacobs
  • Session 4: Jane Jacobs Principles
  • Session 5: Christopher Alexander Patterns
  • Session 6: Christopher Alexander
  • Session 7: Triple Bottom line layers
  • Session 8: Triple Bottom line layers
  • Session 9: Design Conclusions
  • Session 10: Design Conclusions

Week of May 30

  • Outlined the El Moore Project and the following Greens design sessions
  • Field trip to the current space of the El Moore Greens

Week of June 6

Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen in the 19th century


Jason: Not creating anymore vacant structures around Midtown. Most buildings are spoken for and are being redeveloped.


  • Develop Sustainable Community
    • Conversation for natural growth
    • Transformative project, humble project
    • Encouraging new life and preserving the people that already exist
  • Create Social Interactions
    • People always feel welcome
    • Year round activity (don't want voids in the calendar)
    • Power of the corner
    • Possible naming opportunities using “V.C. Varney”, “Urban Lodge”, etc.
    • The Greens is a place where out of town travelers and annual Detroiters come together. Encourage and provide a space for people to interact
      • Greenhouse as a similar space for people to meet each other. Gardening, a place to start a conversation
  • Promote Sustainability
    • We will work with nature
    • Educate others on sustainability (esp. children)
    • Historic rod iron fence perimeter
    • Global demonstration in combination with the neighborhood, e.g. Green Garage, Cass Community Gardens, El Moore building, two green alleys
  • Economic Viability
El Moore Community Goals.jpg

David Broner's question:

How many people lived in the snapshots from Sanborn Maps?

  • 250K lived in Midtown in 1940’s, about 35K today
  • Sanborn maps – for fire insurance – reveal how the neighborhood evolved
  • 1879 All lots built upon and most are single family dwellings
  • 1919 El Moore building exist, more multifamily buildings surrounding, populations expansion to 1 million mark
  • 1950 Detroit peak 2 million in population, multifamily and commercial use buildings surrounding El Moore building
  • 1961 Mixed use neighborhood
  • 1977 – 2002 disinvestment around the El Moore

El Moore surroundings 1897 - 1961
El Moore surroundings 1977 - 2002

Jane Jacobs:

  • Importance of sidewalks - walking past - pavements
  • Diversity (of building types, district has to have more than one function), Blocks should be short, Buildings of diverse ages, highly dense
  • All neighborhoods have to include some less affluent residents
  • Diversity not permissive of destructive uses, destructive activities

Week of June 13

Topic today: Jane Jacobs

She fought against urban planning of the time (1960's) - expressways dissecting cities, slum clearing, etc. For more information on Jane Jacobs' work, see this example of one of her most famous books: The Death and Life of Great American Cities.

Importance of Diversity

Importance of Diversity:

  • Districts (neighborhood) must have more than one function
    • Spaces can be used for a variety of purposes, but at different times
    • There are “bones” throughout the neighborhood. What holes are within the community and can the El Moore Commons fill some of those holes?
    • People coming/going at different times promotes safety, because safer with people/eyes in the streets
      • e.g. the Riverwalk always has something to do, people that go back and forth on the Riverwalk
    • A difference exist between an event, an activity and an amenity (Francis)
    • Layers of activity vital, especially if you want to reach out to all kinds of people in the community
    • When something is built for one function, it's extremely fragile. As trends change, a one-function building/space won't be able to change with trends (multi-function)
    • New neighborhood additions need to fit into the fabric of a neighborhood
      • e.g. a coffee shop that feels like it is meant in the community
    • 24 hour usage - keeps people in the neighborhood

El Moore Neighborhood Map Drawing - Diverse Pathways

Diverse pathways:

  • Short blocks increases the number of diverse pathways
  • Diverse modes of transportation
  • Encourages people running into each other, nurturing community
  • Breaks neighborhood up into "manageable chunks"
  • There is a need for people to be weavers in the community, leading Jane walks from the El Moore, to the fire station, to another park, all while saying “hi” to the neighbors; intentional invitations.
  • Ownership comes from being included in the neighborhood - people communicating with them, talking to them, letting them know what's going on at the El Moore.
  • Provide onlookers with something aesthetically pleasing and the knowledge they have access to partake in festivities
  • OK to have limits, as long as they don't exclude people
  • As new neighbors move-in doesn’t mean others have to move out
  • Let people feel comfortable to ask a question
  • Multiple parks within 5-10 minute walking distance, all maintain a single use, and are “dead” when not being used.
  • People naturally use desired pathways as opposed to set hard edges. Opportunities to engage pedestrian as they pass through a desired path, possible that they spend time through the commons
  • Pathways that become really cool pieces of the neighborhood can still serve as an alley.

Week of June 27

Continuation of Jane Jacob’s thoughts intermixed with the El Moore’s neighborhood

Greens Design Community Thursday June 27 (9).jpg

Pathways and Biking

  • Having multiple entrances to the greens
  • Some paths are intimate feeling, some are just an alley way. Bikers tend to look for well paved shortcuts
  • People don’t turn immediately at a corner; if they can they will get close to the end of the sidewalk and shortcut the corner
  • New York High Line has lawns, flowers, material, artwork on building, and leads to wonder; not a shortcut
  • Pathways can be marked for both pedestrians and bikers
  • A bike needs a road, pathways can be flexible. Broadway, New York, has movable plants, no grade change, just something defining a pathway. Great use of mobile markers that can reorient space, if the path isn’t made of cement
  • The Greens is not big enough to bike; bikers want corridors, not destinations. The alley is a transition that people can bike to or through. This park is for people to slow down, stay awhile, and engage in sociable interest
  • Pondering Question: How to use bikes within this space?
Street Planters.jpg

Seating and Gathering

  • Chicago, Millennium Park; can find your own spot, lots of seating and pathways. Also, people don’t wander in straight lines, walking organically is more natural; can’t lose yourself in a straight line.
  • Elevation, sight change, natural seating is human desired
  • [ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feng_shui Feng Shui]: how the energy flows, how things open to the front, back, etc. This topic will be revisited in the weeks to come
  • Desire a 3 seasons room effect that invites anyone walking on the sidewalk into the Greens. Outside kiosk does this too, allowing communication and participation with pedestrians. Additionally, people can see open events through gateways, and likewise close gateways is a method for staging a private event.
  • What’s the “there” that will draw people?
    • Activities like partnering with the DIA to host art programs
    • Use a tent or circle structure
  • [ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Merrion_Square Merrion square in Dublin], Totally open space yet has very appealing “secret garden groves.” Make something that helps people feel enclosed and have a reason to discover it.


  • Question: Next to the retail space, is there a pathway?
  • Back of retail has something that faces the park that can be flexible and provide an enclosure feeling. For example, a stage or coffee shop may do well in the back of retail space, while additionally acting as eyes on the Greens.
  • Space only safe with people utilizing it. El Moore apartment has eyes so we shouldn’t screen the view. There are eyes on street and sidewalk so shouldn’t have high hedges.
  • Biggest eyes are the street, bring eyes into the center of the space
  • When the safety of the eyes on the street isn’t there, possibly close the Greens
  • “Eyes” are around when Wayne State’s campus is active. Keep in mind that Sunday mornings can be the most criminal active times.
  • Pondering Question: When is there a critical mass that can be the eyes?
  • Along the United State’s east coast, every town has a square, acting as a gathering spot, with plenty of eyes watching. Midtown does not have an identifiable square.
  • At the furthest point from a massing group of people, maybe change the ground’s grade so more people/activity can be seen
  • The Greens can invite kids to come and play. Dog walkers would enjoy the space too. Coffee space for parents and strollers in the morning.
  • Pondering Question: Of the people already in the neighborhood, what usage do they want?

Week of July 11

Topic: Christopher Alexander’s book, A Pattern Language

  • Gives ordinary people a way to plan and implement changes normally left to architects and developers. 253 patterns are outlined, may use 4 or 5 small for living room, Green Garage integrated about 20 patterns.
  • Christopher Alexander is the founder of the living building concept, saying that buildings should be constructed for encouraging life and community, yet dead buildings abound in society. He suggests useful time and activity is diminished when people occupy a dead building’s environment.

Life Cycles

El Moore Life Cycle Patterns.jpg
  • Throughout life cycle stages there are advantages, disadvantages, and needs. Transitions from one stage to another should be clearly marked by community celebrations. Each transition allows a person to give toward the community in a new way.
  • People rely on each other
    • Infant and young adult stages connect via the parent.
    • Cross relationships and people can move through the cycle
  • Much of society segregates age groups.
  • Kim: Disheartening when older people are absent. Good to utilize different generations to generate those life cycles movements.
  • Story tellers, like a Griot (holder of community stories), and/or someone with a reading voice can read books to eager listeners.
  • Karen: A transition backward can be seen, where older parents are almost like young children in certain regards.
    • A young child and elder wobbling slowly down a hall, one learning to walk and the other keeping up their strength. Similarly with sight and being able to recognize objects.
  • Jason: Integrating age groups brings noise and that noise is not always desirable. The natural solution is to separate by age. The loudest spaces tend to associate with younger people and other people choose to find another area to occupy.
  • There are times when you see people separated and other times together. Tends to be based on activity.
    • An older person can show and teach the younger to “rake leaves proper way”.
  • There are times when children pull adults along.
    • Halloween, 4th of July, parades.
  • Family reunion, El Moore reunion weekend (multigenerational). Block reunions.
  • Justin: Marks of transitions like a sandbox, land marks, puzzles, chess, sidewalk chalk, can also be used as learning objects.

Small Public Squares

Bocce court
  • Most public of community rooms, large enough that it is inviting, but not too large that feels deserted; each person with 300 square feet for self; width of 60ft across for best use; length can be longer and people can chose to separate. For adequate comfort, the El Moore Green’s common space needs about 14 people; In the Green Garage the main floor needs about 23 people, whereas the eating area alone needs 3 people.
  • Karren: The east coast has squares; there’s something in the center to anchor on, like a statue, or gazebo.
  • Justin: Having small spaces for 2 or 4 people within the Green’s common would be good.
  • Tom: 2 people in small room feels comfortable. 2 people in a ballroom is uncomfortable. Europe has spaces of bushes and benches creating a room within room.
  • Rooms within the Green’s commons need to be seen without building high walls.
  • Flexibility with events/activities for things to happen with all people at all time. Different parts of El Moore Greens can be used at the same time. Something in Green’s common versus a café versus something else. Think of an outdoor music concert where 3 stages cater for 3 different group sizes and experiences
  • Keith: What people need they create for themselves, spaces to be together or separate.
  • Bocce court that invites strangers and easy to set up and take down. Hammock too.
  • Martha: Curling matches on bocce ball in winter


  • Can exist right on top of life cycle. A place of openness and excitement; inviting activity that brings people together.
  • Every town needs a carnival; narrow streets traveling though, freak events
  • Martha: Karaoke night. Theatre
  • Have an actual carnival… Neighbors submit what they want to do. Summer carnivals, winter carnivals. In winter, snowmen building contest, including miniature snowmen.
  • Paris has squares with street artist, statues, always something to do.
  • Kim: Santa Monica in the winter time, a beauty comes across in music, still taking advantage of a season to slow down
  • Justin: moveable/transforming shed for artist, including music.

Week of July 18

  • Keep in mind there is a large importance of play, a way to be active during the winter

Topic today: Continuation of Christopher Alexander’s patterns, and the El Moore Green's possibilities

Toronto Islands and fountain

Roughly in the middle

Pattern 126, assumed issue: ”A public space without a middle will likely stay empty.”

Paraphrased recommendations: “Between the natural paths which cross a piece of common land choose something to stand roughly in the middle: a fountain, a tree, a clock-tower with seats. Make it something which gives a strong and steady pulse to the square, drawing people in toward the center.”

  • Think of a dining table… now place a vase with flowers, or a set of candlesticks in the middle
  • The retail building can be something relatively in the middle of the grater common space.
    • It can take on food, perhaps a coffee shop on the backend. Ensures more traffic without hosting an event
    • Linda: Toronto Islands, special food for each day/season. Foosball for kids while having good meal. Random objects to sit on amidst trees and greenery that create a magical garden.
  • What possibilities could be flexible for the middle grass area?
    • Peace pole: multiple languages, place for people to stop
    • Artwork. People are able to come up and see. Sculptures that can arise for a season or period of time
  • Erin: Kid friendly, must have activity and food, got to do more than one thing. Partridge Creek, a place for moms and kids
    • For children, have a rubber floor surface
  • Be mindful, single use has a reason to be there and a reason to leave.

Stair Seats and Sitting Walls

Pattern 125, assumed issue: ” Wherever there is action in a place, the spots which are the most inviting, are those high enough to give people a vantage point, and low enough to put them in action.”

Recommendations: “In any public place where people loiter, add a few steps at the edge where stairs come down or where there is a change of level. Make these raised areas immediately accessible from below so that people may congregate and sit to watch the goings-on.”

Pattern 243, assumed issue: “In many places walls and fences between outdoor spaces are too high; but no boundary at all does injustice to the subtly of the divisions between the spaces.”

Recommendations: “Surround any natural outdoor area, and make minor boundaries between outdoor areas with low walls, about 16 inches high, and wide enough to sit on, at least 12 inches wide.”

El Moore Seating Possibility
  • Stair seats are high for vantage point and low enough for spectator to join the action
    • Possibly have a 3ft gradual drop West to East across the Greens: Back of building, raised flower bed, stair seats (peoples backs to building and vantage points to the middle action and engagement). Maybe scallop the edges, gradual grade decline, additional flower beds on the East boarder.
  • Seating Wall; barrier that defines two spaces, and is a seam that joins the two
    • (East boarder parallel to 2nd Ave) Having seats that only face the Greens, puts people’s backs to public side walk, uncomfortable
    • Feng shui, don’t position back counter from seeing people pass by
  • These walls eliminate the need for more benches
    • Possibility to make a wall where people are able to sit on one side, on top, and astride
    • Cut sections in the wall allow people to sit in any orientation comfortably, as oppose to one continuous wall; large sections for wheelchairs access. Additionally the sections yield to rain water flow
  • Paint the wall’s top surface with checker boards
    • Have moveable table platforms for board games, books and papers, picnics, and laptops that provide adequate height when sitting on the wall. Visitors can check-out these platforms from the retail space.
  • Erin: A place designed for the disabled like a playscape made for wheelchairs to utilize. As a teacher, often select field trips for students based on the space’s design and accessibility.

Pools and Streams

Patter 64, assumed issue: ” We came from the water; our bodies are largely water; and water plays a fundamental role in our psychology. We need constant access to water, all around us; and we can not have it without reverence for water in all its forms. But everywhere in cities water is out of reach.”

Recommendations: “Whenever possible, collect rainwater in open gutters and allow it to flow above ground, along pedestrian paths and in front of house. In places without natural running water, create fountains in the streets.”

  • Fundamental, yet city design separates people from water, and the area feels arid. Renew the relationship with water, made through accessibility
  • Kim: Orient water to the Green’s water tower, the connectedness
  • Blue infrastructure and public space can be one and the same
    • Las Vegas, Bellagio, water dances; art and water dancing at the Detroit airport.
    • People faces with water around it
    • Fish swimming and water lilies. Sound, nature, beauty. Water combined with visual beauty
    • Sound is a meditation kind of tool. Combine meditation with sound of water
    • Millennium park in Chicago, water space
  • People get calm when getting next to water like beach and watching the water. Putting feet in the water does something magical to us
    • For feet, a pathway of running water
  • Even the event of water coming on and going off is powerful
  • In the Ojibwa Native American tradition, women are the stewards of water
  • Drinking fountains; water misters
    • Flat top fountain, flexible in usage, a place for kids to run through. Gives background noise too.
  • Audio presentation that leads to learning about water, human use of it, and how the Greens are working with it
  • Bird bath, bees need water, animals are drawn and connected

Week of July 25

Topic today: William Whyte's book the Social Life of Small Urban Spaces

The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces

12 to 13 year period studying urban plazas, why some work, some attract, and some keep people away. William Whyte wanted to create valuable public spaces, focusing on elements like “where and why do people sit in a space.”

Video documentary by William Whyte

  • Seating’s relationship to the street
    • Excellent to sit where the seat is not too high, nor where it’s wet
    • Capacity is self leveling
    • Moveable chairs
  • Paley Park, a few easy steps at the entrance and simultaneously draws people into the courtyard. Even the small ramp on the side has the same affect.
  • Strong public spaces have a “mayor”, someone who voluntarily assists pedestrians in the overlap existence of time.
    • Vendors and doormen act as a mayor, attraction, and/or meeting place. People who are eating attract more people.
  • People come to spaces to safely partake of the street’s busyness.


  • Don’t want only natural seating heights, variation is good.
  • Benches are forced architecture seating, moveable chairs are what people love. Supported by William Whyte’s observations, people naturally sit where they want to sit; providing moveable chairs respects that yearning and encourages use of the space.
  • Playful chairs like rotating table or a swinging chair are attractive possibilities to consider.
  • Currently, most of El Moore’s seating is across from the Water Gateway
  • Karren: Seating not about comfort of the chair, but about the people buzz, being where the crowds are.
    • Don’t always need full standard dimensions to have a good seat
    • Moon chairs

Environmental Circumstances

  • Woodward is 23 degrees east of south. We can get sun on our “north” side during the summer months.
  • Not the sun being important, but people desire free choice to sit in or not sit in the sun at any given time.
  • Wind is the same, being protected from wind drafts and ability to receive more air when desired
    • El Moore does great wind buffering
  • All New York Parks have water present. Not all utilize water well.
    • White noise of water in Paley Park allowed people to socialize and attracted crowd density.
  • People should be able to touch water, play with it
    • Riverfront – 5 or 6 water features that are touchable. The River itself is out of reach, yet seeable, so the water features are necessary to substitute in absence of the river’s touch.

A space’s personal character

  • A good public plaza starts at the corner. People’s perception of a neighborhood changes by how they interact with it.
  • Sarah: in terms of Detroit, what lessons are there for being outward facing, inviting, and safe learned from the Paley Park and 1980’s Bryant Park examples?
    • Paley Park, able to bring some of the park out onto the sidewalk and street
    • New York has intensity of people and Manhattan’s Paley Park allows the opportunity to sit and watch people. The atmosphere of Detroit’s streets is different. Designing a destination in Midtown Detroit, as oppose to designing a place to catch pedestrians from the busy streets of Manhattan.
  • This area can develop into a pedestrian neighborhood. Detroit was built for cars and it’s a production to get anywhere without a vehicle.
  • There is lots of energy throughout the city, yet almost like we don’t know what to do with space. We have to design this space for now, making it a destination, and flexible for the future.
  • Flexibility and “triangulation” qualities make two separate people meet at one interesting location; El Moore Greens needs that to draw people to the space in 10 years. Neighborhoods always change and the stronger elements have resiliency built into its character.
  • Historical point, allowing people to write their own story; other places in Detroit are historical and draw people due to their own nature.
  • Having high walls and cameras as strong security is ironic and develops negative energy. Instead of that, naturally have people there, have a mayor within the El Moore Greens.
    • Wayne State Campus has Steve as a mayor, and Ann Arbor had Shaky Jake
El Moore and William Whyte

Week of August 1

Topic today: Connection, Retail to the Green’s commons

Retail connection possibilities
  • To start the conversation, we return to 2 of Christopher Alexander’s design patterns: Street Café, and Individually Owned Shop

Street Cafe

Pattern 88, assumed issue: ”The street café provides a unique setting, special to cities: a place where people can sit lazily, legitimately, be on view, and watch the world go by.”

Recommendations: “Encourage local cafés to spring up in each neighborhood. Make them intimate places, with several rooms, open to a busy path, where people can sit with coffee or a drink and watch the world go by. Build the front of the café so that a set of tables stretch out of the café, right into the street”

Retail Connection to the greens
  • Early conversations separated the retail from the greens commons
  • Pedestrians enter the commons and do activities at the edges; the water tower allows action in one corner, retail at another end, seating along the pathways.
  • Retail about 400 Sq ft. We’ve reclaimed roof clay tile from a Boston Edison home, Ludowiki clay tile.
  • It could be possible to close the commons, yet leave the retail open, and vice versa.
  • What multiple businesses are strong enough to support/complement one another?
  • Perhaps build a pergola with an open lattice covering
  • Christopher Alexander suggest 50 sq ft retail shop per single operator
    • Kiosk type of place, allow for pop-up events
    • Sarah: food… diversity shop of food like tea shop, coffee, Chinese, Tia
    • Christmas shop at Union Square in New York
  • Question: Are people there all day?
  • Think of the retail space leased to vendors
    • intermix a coffee shop with 3 other leasing retailers
    • Ice cream in summer, soup in winter
    • Possible to sell gadgets, during winter have toys, races, or knick knacks like that. Some items require assemble for use, e.g. LEGO’s and robots. With the robots, have robotic competitions. Also retailers can sell little incidental items, like hand warmers for Winter, or gloves in the Fall.
  • Jason: This is great front of the house operations; back of house activities needs to be addressed somewhere else.
    • Storage, possibly in the El Moore?
  • Gift shop: Baby shop in Ferndale, Natural Baby Outpost; Etsy store front; books and book shops, children bookstore, library outpost
  • Walk in movie for a date night. Similar to a drive in without the cars. The audience can listen through a internet enabled device that sync’s with the movie being showed. Get popcorn and refreshments at one side of the retail.
  • Maybe someone won’t want the space facing the alley; maybe rotate the building 45 degrees, or rotate the individual positions of the store keepers to the sell at the corners
  • Possibly have 3 long term rental spaces, and 1 short term (annual lease versus a 1-3 weeks lease that subject to the Green’s calendar events).
    • The short term lease allows something to always be new in the Commons, and people come to expect new if it will constantly be new. Takes more management, yet great benefits; hold contest for space, a small version of Hatch Detroit. That new business can gain free promotion to friends of friends who vote for their lease in the retail space contest.
  • Think about leasing a space 8am – 1pm, then same space to another person 2pm-7pm. Can that work with businesses that are morning versus afternoon dependant? More work for each vendor’s backend storage plans.
  • Seasons can yield to savvy bodega shops
    • The Detroit shop, pure Detroit
    • Pumpkins in fall, Christmas tree in winter
  • This thinking is along the lines of news stand, convenient stores, candy shop, etcetera situated within the Greens.

Individually Owned Shops

Pattern 87, assumed issue: ”When shops are too large, or controlled by absentee owners, they become plastic, bland, and abstract ”

Recommendations: “Do what you can to encourage the development of individually owned shops. Approve applications for business licenses only if the business is owned by those people who actually work and manage the store. Approve new commercial building permits only if the proposed structure includes many very very small rental spaces. ”

Single Vendor Coffee Shop
Single Vendor
  • What does a one coffee space look like?
    • Atmosphere often dictates food offering, what kind of experience are we fostering?
    • covered canopy
    • different offerings
    • Be fluid to the season; salad in the summer, chili and hot chocolate at winter.
    • alcohol
    • Some limited outdoor seating
  • What’s the job creation for retail area? Think about Whyte’s mayor, or if there is a designated alcohol area, there is a person making sure beer stays on property.
  • Lots of employed empty-nesters and college students in the area, opening up this neighborhood. Greens as one of the anchors in this walk able area.
  • Maybe mix the space, 1/2 of retail as a newsstand/rotating vendor, other half as single operated café
  • Where do people place their food containers, waste?
  • What’s the tie-in to the El Moore style, architecture, life?

Week of August 8

Topic today: Seasons and Activities

Possible activities in each season of the year

Additional Group Comments

  • The entrances speak about the space, making it inviting and not walled off
  • Contribute to established events like Dally in the Alley, D-electricity, Noel Night
  • Usable fixtures: 12 foot planting beds, built in steps, movable seats, retail as a backdrop for events
  • Have a griot/storyteller present at most events
  • Point out what parts of nature are around us. Take nature walks starting at the El Moore; involve the Detroit Zoological society on Belle Isle.
  • Spray water for a cooling mist effect. Make the sprinkler capable of strong water pressure giving kids a toy. Educate on human use of water and other resources
  • Movies: Have kids film short videos and feature them for the neighborhood
  • Silent movies, things that honor the old and play on the age of El Moore
  • Historic room tours of the building. Maybe do an El Moore “museum” week
  • Cookie exchange, baked food trade/contest

Week of August 15

Topic today: This is what it looks like

We utilized Pinterest for this session. View and comment on the board: El Moore Ideas

This is the 10th layer of idea generation. Experiences and ideas out for what the park can be. 10 weeks ago, the park was blank. A goal for these sessions was to get this volume of thinking and ideas… thinking through activities for the full year and involving all ages; A deeper level of planning. Using Triple Bottom Line structure we’re following social interactions, promoting sustainability, and economic vitality.

A summation of possible experiences
Everyone is welcomed to enjoy the Greens

Field Trips

Ladder 20, June 28, 2013

Ladder 20 Front.jpg

Purpose: Met a few neighbors and discussed the El Moore Greens developments


  • Kawon, takes care of the buildings finances
  • Shaun, one of the sergeants

Still to meet

Ladder 20 Koi Fish.jpg
  • Mike Joner, Koi Fish pond designer and caretaker
  • Terry Griffith, manages the fire department’s community relations
  • EMS, being a separate division housed within the building


  • Ladder 20, Engine Company 5
  • These Firemen work 24 hours, swapping shifts each day. They are in the station until called out to suppress fires
  • EMS workers do 12 hour shifts. They are on the road a lot
  • Very friendly, and welcome anyone to stop by whenever possible
  • A common activity is driving the fire truck to a school and letting kids spray water through the hoses
  • Eager to participate in more neighborhood events, show fire safety techniques and meet with the community
  • Suggested having a block party along Alexandrine, incorporating El Moore Green’s and the Children’s Center.
  • Excited for the Green’s common space

Ladder 20 Back.jpg

Inn on Ferry Street, July 1, 2013

During Stay

  • Signs for the door say: Service Please or Privacy Please. Towels (maybe linens) are changed unless the Privacy Please sign is up.
  • In the closet in each room is: ironing board and iron, blow dryer, extra kleenex, a fan, heater, toilet paper, extra blanket and pillow.
  • Every room has a coffee maker, coffee material, and tea for guest usage. Often used by guest any time of the day.
  • There are 3 mini-refrigerators available for a $25 rental.
  • The Inn encourages the reuse of bathing towels. For guest that want housekeeping to provide new towels, used towels go into a medium size wicker basket as dirty laundry.
  • All rooms are carpeted. Shared common areas are hardwood and carpeted.
Inn on Ferry Street Bathing Towels.jpg
Inn on Ferry Street Wicker baskert.jpg


Inn on Ferry Street amenities bucket.jpg
  • There are 40 rooms, 7 part-time housekeepers, and 1 fulltime housekeeping manager. The manager gives employees a week’s notice of housekeeping’s scheduled cleanings. Cleaning of rooms 10am – 3pm, check-out is at 12noon, check-in at 3pm.
  • Housekeeper job include: vacuum, dust, check linens, do the dishes (in bath sink), recycle.
  • Full scale inventory check every 3 months, in rooms and common areas.
  • The Inn uses Morgan Linens for linens and towels. Delivery is Monday and Thursday every week.
  • We will need a large linen storage closet for the central depository from the linen company. We will also need bags for the dirty linens to go out in (maybe the linen supply company supplies these - forgot to ask).
  • Basement is the staging area. The manager restocks both the cleaning bucket and resident amenities bucket at the close of each night. Employees have readymade buckets each shift.
  • There is a vacuum kept in the office in each building.
  • Some hotels are said to attach a vacuum to the cleaning cart.
  • To clean hardwood floors, instead of a mop and pail, they use a Shark Sonic Duo Carpet and Hard Wood Cleaner. It's a steam cleaning process.
  • They also use a Shark Vacuum Cleaner. They like the fact that it's so light.
  • To do the bathroom floors, they spray the floor, wipe it down on their hands and knees, and then vacuum.

Additional Thoughts

  • We'll need seasonal decorations, baby cribs and a few fold-away beds, and storage for these items.
  • We'll need a couple of step stools.
  • Possible to consider having built in ironing board and iron attachment that folds down from the wall. If not in every guest room, this mechanism would be useful for guest staying in the shared garden level rooms.
  • During clean-up of planned internal events, it would be good for El Moore housekeepers to be available because they know the system and how to properly clean each space. They also have to tools.