Midtown Continues to Move Forward for All of Us
The City, in collaboration with local community organizations, continues to collect public input through authentic, fun, creative and interactive
events in various ways and places. Our shared goal is for Santa Fe communities, including historically under represented communities, to
participate in planning the most consequential development of a generation in the future life of Santa Fe.
The following calendar identifies on-going public engagement activities organized by local community partners. Check back often at these
websites for public engagement updates and other information about Midtown Moving Forward:
|Community & patient asset/need mapping at LFMC and in community settings.||October 25th, 2021 – November 26th, 2021||La Familia Medical Center & nearby communities||La Familia Medical Center||No|
|Engaging with Native American people from Santa Fe County to seek their opinions and ideas about usage of the Midtown area and in particular how they would use a powwow grounds through regular organizational activities||October 11th, 2021 – November 30th, 2021||Indigenous Peoples Day at Reunity Resources; Midtown Block Party; Virtual via newsletter||Santa Fe Indigenous Center||No|
|Contacting parents engaged in Fathers NM programming to understand how the development of the Midtown area impacts their families.||October 18th, 2021 – November 30th, 2021||Virtual via one-on-one communications with parents||Fathers New Mexico||No|
|Working with schools through the Community Educators Network;||November, 10th and 17th, 2021||Milagro Middle School||Friends of the Santa Fe Public Library||No|
|hosting listening sessions with cultural leaders regarding cultural assets at Midtown.||November 19th at 1PM November 30th at 1PM||Virtual||Friends of the Santa Fe Public Library||No|
|Hosting a larger community conversation about cultural assets||November 30th at 5:30 PM||Virtual||Friends of the Santa Fe Public Library||Probably|
|Bicycle Resource Center University: a 13/14-week bicycle repair program which teaches members of the community how to repair and build bikes.||Every Sunday||Chainbreaker office;||Chainbreaker Collective||No (enrolled residents only)|
|Potential future repair clinics at Midtown events.||TBD||Midtown site||Chainbreaker Collective||Maybe|
|Potential Midtown bike rides, future workshops||TBD||Midtown Site||Chainbreaker Collective||Maybe|
|Door to door canvassing||TBD||neighborhoods surrounding Midtown||Chainbreaker Collective||No|
|Teacher training for elementary and middle school students to join the Midtown Visioning Project, and Elementary and Middle School student visioning projects. Focus groups & surveys with youth, community leadership council and in high schools||October 26th, 2021 – November 10th, 2021||Monte de Sol Charter School, Santa Fe High School, Capital High School, ECO High School, St. Michael’s High School||Earth Care||No|
|Daily Midtown Visioning via in-person surveying with clients, families, job applicants, walk-ins, alumni, customers and via YouthWorks community gatherings. Additional Eblasts and FB survey collection to gather input from YouthWorks supporters.||October 24th, 2021 – November 24th, 2021||Youthworks office; Virtual via Youthworks social media||YouthWorks||No|
|Video interviews (captured at Block Party) will be transcribed and analyzed, with a report of findings.||October 23rd, 2021 – November 30th, 2021||Virtual – Littleglobe social media & cultureconnects.site||Littleglobe||Videos will be made public, via social media and Midtown Santa Fe and Culture Connect sites.|
|End of Year event – more details forthcoming||December 19th, 2021||Midtown||Midtown Engagement Partners||Yes|
- Engagements sponsored by the City of Santa Fe..
- Public engagement process managed by UNM Design & Planning Assistance Program
- Midtown Engagement Partners and Midtown Activation Partners are local community organizations facilitating and organizing the public engagement process and activities
Midtown Block Party Recap!
Midtown Block Party Engaged New Voices
The Midtown Block Party on Saturday, October 23, brought over 800 members of the community together to activate the Midtown site and provide opportunities for individuals and groups to give their input on the future of the Midtown property.
The event included food trucks, live music by four groups, a community mural workshop, a tenant rights clinic, film screenings, a community filmmaking workshop, a pumpkin patch, artist booths, raffles, bike giveaways, and other activities that engaged the community in sharing ideas about the future of Midtown.
“This event demonstrated how people from Santa Fe communities can come together to share their ideas and thoughts about the future of our city,” said Mayor Alan Webber. “Next, we make this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity a reality as we move from public input and planning to zoning and execution, and together we’ll create the new center of Santa Fe.”
The City has partnered with local organizations committed to equitable and inclusive processes. The Midtown Engagement Partners hosted the Block Party and included Santa Fe Art Institute, Chainbreaker Collective , Earth Care , Littleglobe , and YouthWorks . Additionally, there were four Midtown Activation Partners that participated in the event — Fathers of New Mexico , Friends of the Santa Fe Public Library , La Familia Medical Center , and the Santa Fe Indigenous Center .
The Block Party focused on engaging the voices of families with children, people of color, low-income households, and other members of our community that are often left out of the planning process. Future engagement efforts will continue to focus on opportunities for these communities to participate in Midtown planning, along with all members of Santa Fe communities. By all accounts, the Block Party was considered a breakthrough success in this respect:
Miguel Acosta, Co-Director of Earth Care, says: “We were very happy with the results of this collaboration, and with the growing partnerships with city staff and their consultants. This demonstrates increased understanding of the power and possibilities of community-led development. The majority of those in attendance were from populations underrepresented in previous outreach efforts, and several thousands more were engaged in other ways just in the last few weeks.”
Melynn Schuyler, Executive Director of YouthWorks, says: “YouthWorks brought 23 youth and young adults from all sectors of the city to assist with the day’s events and activities. They all brought incredible energy and excitement to make the event that much more inclusive and well-rounded! YouthWorks is thrilled about the Midtown Block party’s outcomes and feedback from the public! When so much in the world seems off-kilter, the outpouring of interest and energy as a community resounded!”
Jamie Blosser, Executive Director of the Santa Fe Art Institute, says: “The Midtown Block Party demonstrated what is possible when partner organizations utilize their individual skills and talents to work together with the mutual commitment of building a more connected, equitable, and resilient city. How exciting that last weekend we saw the Midtown property come to life as a vibrant, soulful, and community-oriented neighborhood hub!”