Context Of Port St. Joe
- Port Saint Joe was founded in 1835 along the "forgotten coast"
- Industry town- paper mill, closed in 1999 and resulted in 20% unemployed
- Division between North and South Port St. Joe since Jim Crow
- North Port St. Joe not as damaged
- Switching to a tourist economy to increase bed tax- caused controversy as it changes the "character" of the town
- Concern about rising rent prices
Developing plans for connectivity requires a connection to the people who make it possible. We spent much of our week in Port St. Joe understanding what underlying issues have prevented progress in certain areas, which ideas have the most potential for development and what expectations exist within the Port St. Joe community.
The basis of our proposal is connectivity through urban design. However, issues with racism and segregation have divided the North and South sides of Port St. Joe over certain propositions mentally and emotionally. Hurricane Michael only exacerbated these issues. Residents and officials representing North side see Hurricane Michael as an opportunity to unite both communities while also hoping their voices will be heard.
In the week we spend in Port St Joe, we we're able to come up with a strategy, we interviewed community members, we spoke to stakeholders, we reviewed plans, and got a feel for the city. The following weeks we analyzed our data and reviewed our plans and formulated our solutions to the problems we observed.
We are proposing connectivity through urban design. The idea of relocating the City Hall to a central location, Civic Site, to bridge the gap between North and South Port St Joe.
Using the Civic Site as a starting point we will reconnect north and south, east and west. And use the design as foundation for form base codes.
Created with images by Jacob - "Port St Joe is a small Town in the Florida Panhandle" • ronrudolph - "Cape San Bias lighthouse" • Patrick Perkins - "From a naming brainstorm at a talk" • Sam McGhee - "A snap shot of our Sony FS7 cinema camera system from our film set, while producing a documentary series for the Holocaust Center for Humanities. Here we are interviewing a local high school about their experience with some of the Center’s teaching materials." • Stephanie - "Just after sunset at Port St. Joe" • beeboys - "ステップアップ"