PopUp Stifft Station
For our 2018 PopUp project, we took over parts of Markham Street at Kavanaugh in the historic Stifft Station neighborhood. Named for what was a very busy streetcar stop in the early 1900’s on the old trolley line, the Stifft Station neighborhood once served as Little Rock’s far western edge. Today, it’s a vibrant, eclectic, and diverse area that’s just in need of some of our trademark PopUp treatments such as street improvements, a more vibrant and pedestrian-friendly street edge, and popup shops.
We began on June 16th with lane restructuring over a 10-block stretch between Pine and Woodrow. Then, on Saturday, June 23rd, we hosted a full day of activities including a variety of popup shops, live music, and food trucks along Markham Street at Kavanaugh.
The goal of PopUp Stifft Station was to knit together the neighborhoods of Capitol View/Stifft Station to the south of Markham Street and Hillcrest to the north at the commercial intersection of Markham and Kavanaugh. It consisted of a 4 week economic impact demonstration that brought temporary tenants to vacant storefronts while testing new road patterns to make a safer and more inviting environment for pedestrians.
Road diet: Markham & Kavanaugh Intersection Facing West
Road Diet: Markham Facing West
Active Street Edge: Pallet “Corrals” provided separation from traffic for cafe seating
PopUp Tap Room: Stones Throw Brewing set up a temporary tap room and shared space with an activity center that hosted, among other activities, yoga classes
PopUp Record Shop:
PopUp Art Gallery: