Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Reimagining Downtown Akron with Dan Horrigan

photo: shane wynn via akronstock.com

In recent times, downtown Akron has seen a rebirth. To write the next chapter for downtown, we'll need diverse voices and broad collaboration to generate ideas and a long-term plan. Take a walk with with mayoral candidate Dan Horrigan  through downtown Akron. This walk will focus on the innerbelt project ideas for a vibrant downtown.

What: Reimagining Downtown Akron Walking Tour
Led by: Dan Horrigan
Date: October 13, 2015
Time: 5:30-6:30
Meeting location: United Building (Corner of West Market and Main) 1 S. Main Street Akron, 44308
Parking: Market/High St. parking deck, across from the Akron Art Museum. The deck is free after 6pm.
Theme: civic engagement
Accessibility: bike friendly, strollers welcomed, pets welcomed, busy sidewalks

Route:
Untied Building (West Market/Main)
Historic N. Howard Street
Towpath Trail into downtown
Towpath Innerbelt Pedestrian Bridge
Akron Civic Theater/Lock 3 Park
Lockview

A note from the tour organizer: 
Our downtown serves as Akron's principal employment center, and hub for arts and culture. In recent years, public and private investment have resulted in significant improvements. These improvements have become a magnet for families and businesses alike. It's time, however, to write the next chapter in the history of downtown Akron. To do that, I believe we'll need new ideas from a broad array of voices. If Akron is to remain one of the best cities in the Midwest, we need a vibrant city core. 

This is an independently organized walk. Click here to create your own walk! 

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Recap: Spacewalk 2015

Photo of Dominic Falcione by Shane Wynn

Launch League and Downtown Akron Partnership led a tour of vacant and available spaces downtown Akron on September 19. Guests dressed up in their favorite space themed costume and the tour wrapped up with a fantastic after party at PNC Tower with DJ Roger Riddle.

If you missed the tour and would like information about space for rent downtown, contact the Downtown Akron Partnership.

Click here to view photos from Shane Wynn and The Akronist. 

Friday, September 4, 2015

Create a Walk is LIVE!


Akron2Akron started off as a very simple idea in the winter of 2014 by a group of Akronites. Our goal was to recruit people who are passionate about where they live and ask that they show us around their neighborhood by taking a walking tour. We invited the public to join us to become tourists in their own hometown. We learned about history, discovered new things, celebrated the great assets, and had meaningful discussions about ways to improve neighborhoods and better utilize space. Since then, we've met hundreds of incredible people and receive requests on a regular basis from passionate people to lead tours of their neighborhoods.

 In fact, we received such positive feedback from the community we were backed up with requests for walking tours. This is a GREAT problem to have. Realistically, our team could only manage one tour a month (this isn't our full-time gig, we just really love Akron). But we didn't allow our limitations to stop us from dreaming big. What if we could have several tours a month, or better yet, every weekend?!

Thankfully,with generous funding from the Summit County Public Health, we're one step closer to achieving that vision of encouraging residents to lead neighborhood walks throughout the year. Akron2Akron has always been a citizen-led initiative, but now, anyone can submit an idea to lead a walk with our Create a Walk feature. You don't have to wait for our calendar to open up. It's simple, easy and exciting. We'll review your idea and if approved, will help rally our troops to get as many Akronites out to your walk as possible. We do this through heavy social media support, a feature on our website, and a listing in our upcoming tour page as an independently organized walk. That just means it's not part of Akron2Akron regularly scheduled monthly walks.

Don't want to lead a walk but have an idea for a tour? You can also suggest a walk to us too!

Before we sign off, we want to recognize Leadership Akron for being our fiscal sponsor for this project and Coffee and Code for helping us revamp our website and develop the much needed Create a Walk component to our initiative.  We're lucky to have them as partners. Lastly, a blimp-sized thank you to those individuals who continue to join us on walks month after month.

Now enough talk and let's get to walking!

- Dina & the Akron2Akron team

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Spacewalk: Tour vacant buildings in downtown Akron with Launch League and Downtown Akron Partnership



What: Spacewalk 2015. Explore vacant spaces in downtown Akron
Led by: Launch League and Downtown Akron Partnership
Starting location: OSC Tech Lab; 12 East Exchange Street
Date: September 19, 2015
Time: 4-6pm
Reception: 6pm (Big news from Launch League at 7pm)
Theme: Dress up as your favorite Space Character!
Accessibility: bike friendly, strollers welcomed
Parking: Street Parking near 12 East Exchange St.


Route:

OSC Tech Lab
Evans Building
Law Building
Delaware Building
Malone Building
PNC Tower

Registration is required for this tour. Register here. 

RECAP: Downtown Akron Tour with David Giffels

photo via Zipper City Photography


Thanks to Zipper City Photography for these beautiful photos and recap of our downtown Akron tour with David Giffels. Read the recap here.

RECAP: Highland Square Tour




Thanks to Shane Wynn and The Akronist for these beautiful photos of our Highland Square tour on Saturday, August 22, 2015 led by Anita Marron and Katie Carver Reed from the Highland Square Neighborhood Association.

Click here to see more photos.