Downtown – Staunton, Virginia

Isaac Kremer/ August 31, 2019/ architecture, downtown, Main Street, placemaking, preservation, program, public art, storefront/ 0 comments

T. J .Collins designed the Marquis Building on Beverley Street with a corner turret, bay windows, and gable-roofed bays. Together these give this commercial building a commanding presence at the intersection that it rests upon. The T. J .Collins designed Switzer Building with triple arches on the 2nd floor based on larger Venetian palazzos with a diamond pattern of terra

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Downtown – Grand Rapids, Michigan

Isaac Kremer/ August 28, 2019/ architecture, beer, downtown, placemaking, storefront/ 0 comments

We only had a short time to visit so focused our walking and looking in the area around Van Andel Arena. This provided a surprisingly lively subject, even if it was a little top heavy with beer-related establishments. Grand Rapids Brewing Company HopCat J. Gardella’s Tavern Tavern on the Green Liked the touch of sign painting here. Grand Woods Mural

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Downtown – Cheboygan, Michigan

Isaac Kremer/ August 26, 2019/ architecture, downtown, Main Street, placemaking, program, storefront, tactical urbanism/ 0 comments

This open-air canopy provides a covered space for markets and community events to occur. Loved to see a playful public art element near the market. The murals were simple but effective filling the wall and bringing “a little bit of happy” to those who pass by. Loved this cinder block and beam bench. What a clever idea to provide seating

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Something Wicked Brewing Company – Hanover, Pennsylvania

Isaac Kremer/ April 27, 2019/ beer, local food, Main Street, placemaking, program, storefront, tactical urbanism/ 0 comments

The tasting room itself was handsomely appointed. People tended to gravitate more towards the bar and the high-top tables near it. Starting outside the entrance and moving inside, it was apparent in the time that it has been open the brewery has become very tightly knit with the York, PA community. The Charity benefit card especially told the story of

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Downtown – Newark, Delaware

Isaac Kremer/ December 26, 2018/ architecture, downtown, Main Street, preservation, storefront/ 0 comments

Neward Academy traces its roots to a school founded by Rev. Dr. Francis Alison at New London, Pennsylvania in 1741. The school moved in 1652 to Cecil County, Maryland, and finally in 1767 to Newark, Delaware. Chartered by Thomas and Richard Penn in 1769, the school was closed from 1777 to 1780 due to the Revolutionary War. Later the academy

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Akron Public Library and The Curated Storefront – Akron, Ohio

Isaac Kremer/ August 24, 2018/ placemaking, public art, storefront/ 0 comments

Akron is miles ahead of most places when it comes to making technology for makers easily available for its residents, library users, and businesses. The Akron Public Library in the center of downtown is handsomely outfitted with a whole suite of equipment to help with making vinyl banners, 3d printing, transferring media from one format to another, taking professional photographs,

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