March 22, 2007
Among AIA Lubbock's programs planned under the celebratory banner of AIA150 is a community design charrette to plan an indoor/outdoor public plaza in north Lubbock, an area in need of an economic boost to create business growth, cultural identity, and pride of place. The area is home to a sizeable percentage of Lubbock's growing Hispanic population, yet there is no urban center that reflects the demographic shift that has been underway for several years. Another factor that lends immediacy to the project is the construction of the Marsha Sharp freeway (US Highway 82) which is expected to isolate north Lubbock from more robust sectors of the city. Tentatively known as the North University Avenue Mercado, the project is blazing forward with amazing success.