Since the completion of the newly nominated best major concert venue award by Pollstar Magazine, Pinnacle Bank Arena, the West Haymarket area has taken off. Becoming a hub for new restaurants, a sport, concert and event venue, as well as home to new apartments and hotels, the Haymarket area has provided the city of Lincoln, Nebraska a new recreational hotspot. With the increase in foot traffic, it should come to no surprise that the Haymarket area is entering its second phase of development.
While the first portion of the revitalization efforts were focused more-so on the entertainment aspect, the second phase is shifting towards functionality and business, including:
- Color-coded parking garages;
- Additional funding to further transform a past brownfield site;
- A new office-building complex for the engineering firm Olsson Associates;
- Pedestrian Bridge;
- A 4,200-square-foot outdoor ice-skating; and
- A business improvement district.
While some aspects are still geared towards leisure, the logistics of the renovation are coming to light as this second phase is geared towards improving the infrastructure surrounding the newly improved area.
The project has redefined Lincoln, giving it a greater identity surpassing the expectation as being solely a “college town." A sense of pride and community can be found within the space. From the historic train station tracks to the new pedestrian bridge reading “Lincoln” in bright lights, with each letter corresponding to a value or principle of the city, a great sense of identity has been maintained within the project. I believe that urban planners need to shift towards this mindset of creating a sense of community in all designs, working to create a lasting and memorable identity within the cityscape that they are set to improve.
This further development highlights the importance of progressive thinking and expanding through revitalizing cityscapes. The west Haymarket revitalization project has since sparked revitalization efforts, further perpetuating redevelopment within the Lincoln area. The city of Lincoln has seen this project come full circle from just an idea of building a new special events arena to the creation of an entire entertainment district deemed the “Railyard." The success of this project can greatly be attributed to the smart urban planning utilized within the design from the idea - all the way to the execution of the project. Not only does this project further showcase all that the capital city has to offer, but it has also sparked further redevelopment, a necessity in creating an innovative and growing city.
As the west Haymarket area is transitioning into its second phase of development, how have you seen your city further develop its cityscapes?
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