It was a workday today on our project. I realized that we never really laid out the plan for our project in the blog before. Our client, Peyton Chapman of the Lincoln School, told us to make a recommendation for what Lincoln School should do and how it should rebuild, modeling after the Long-Term Development Committee’s plan, you can see here at http://lincoln.pps.k12.or.us/ltdc. When we read this, it really didn’t include all of Goose Hollow in the process, so we are trying to do that. Given that we are not determining whether a new Lincoln High School should be build, we are just trying to understand how a new LHS could best serve the immediate community. We have created 4 different surveys, one for students, parents, teachers and the larger community each, and collected as many responses as we could. We are still inputting the data, analyzing and making conclusions from them, and hopefully we will be able to include them in our proposal. The purpose of this is to decide what do people actually want out of their school, if we can make the school into the center of the community and what Goose Hollow wants for a 20-minute neighborhood. We realize that sending a survey out via email in the middle of summer for just a couple days, will not reap the same amount as one in the school year when people aren’t traveling and such, but we can start the discussion of looking at the rebuilding of Lincoln High in a new light. This proposal we are going to make will just be the starting block for any future study Lincoln students might want to do later, and make a little more thought out proposal that covers everything imaginable.
Since we are doing this in such a short time, we might not have covered all the bases, and time is a constraint for us. In our proposal, we will make sure that there is a part where we acknowledge what we could have done if time wasn’t a hindrance.
But we do have a presentation to give on Friday, and we have to have something. We have figured out that we will make a ‘formal’ paper with all the necessary parts to it, like LTDC’s plan, a presentation (slideshow) and a slideshow set to music that we can post on YouTube, a pamphlet that people can take home and/or leave in LHS’s office and a giant map to use as a presentation tool. The document will include an executive summary, introduction, historic background, summary of current conditions, finding, recommendations, methodology, references and the various appendices we deem necessary (like a glossary). The visual should be pictures of maybe the current neighborhood and what the neighborhood should look like? We’ll have to see what they look like, but I bet they’ll be awesome. There are giant maps that we are making, one we put the current businesses and buildings in the LHS area, and one we will laminate so we can use dry erase markers on to show what we might want. We will give them both to LHS to use however they might want to, because who doesn’t want a giant map? We also might use it in our presentation, to show people where we are talking about. The presentation will be Friday at 10 am, so we are going to have to have this all done by then. I know we can do it if we all put our minds to it and divide the work. It’ll be fun.