Before there was the artsy and edgy “Gaines Street,” there was simply Gaines Street — a gritty, workaday industrial corridor near Tallahassee’s downtown. Before there was “Midtown,” there was simply a midtown area in the triangle.
As my year as a Knight Creative Communities Institute (KCCI) community catalyst draws to a close, I’ve been thinking about what the experience has meant to me and the promise it holds for the 2017 class.
How can you help Tallahassee preserve and develop this beautiful, historic property? That’s simple: Let your city and county commissioners and state representatives know how much you support this project.
By late 2017, Tallahassee will build on the oversized letter trend by welcoming a life-size monument of the #IHeartTally hashtag to the area of South Monroe Street — otherwise known as SoMo — located between the Capitol, FSU and FAMU.
“I’m challenging county commissioner Nick Maddox, my first cousin, even though he played tailback for the FSU Seminoles. I'm known as the athletic cousin. So I predict I'm going to beat him in the amazing race,” City Commissioner Scott Maddox said.
The KCCI volunteer team, dubbed Community Catalysts, has been gearing its projects toward a central theme of “See Tallahassee.” Its newest project is designed to greet visitors as they fly into Tallahassee and allows them to do just that.