Downtown Salt Lake City has some of the largest blocks and widest streets in the country. This has created a slew of problems for the city, but that's not to say that only bad can come from these wide streets. Some forward-thinking members of this community have seen this as an opportunity. Enter Granary Row - a pop-up market and festival space made from recycled shipping containers that is located in the middle of the street in Salt Lake's largely vacant, industrial Granary District.
Granary Row was born from a community planning session with over 500 people. There are retail shipping containers and a beer garden made of shipping pallets. The tenants range from from clothing stores to an art gallery, a bike shop, and even the local humane society. To top it off, there is also a performance venue for local artists and a community garden. The retail space has been drawing entrepreneurs that prefer smaller, more affordable spaces that will give them lots of exposure to a unique client base.
The goal of the project is to attract patrons to the area and to help “seed the neighborhood with a steady and diverse stream of creative and driven entrepreneurs.” It contributes to the larger goal of turning the district into a “vibrant, urban neighborhood” with walkable streets and “human-centered neighborhoods.” The project has only been open for a short while, but it’s already generating quite a buzz and bringing new energy to Salt Lake City’s downtown area. The community response has been nothing but excitement.
Photos by Katie David for Inhabitat