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LATINO CORRIDOR REVITALIZATION

Location: Des Moines, Iowa USA
Type: Restaurant, Retail, Residential

The Latino Corridor along East Grand Avenue in Des Moines, Iowa is an important cultural district comprised of low- to mid-rise retail shops and residential buildings. Many of the businesses and residences are rented or leased by the local Latino population. After years of neglect, the area has fallen into decay and become an eyesore in the community. The decision was made to revitalize the area through tenant improvement projects and urban infill development. The aesthetic palate for the new construction combined vibrant and durable materials such as painted stucco, brick, and heavy timber. Also, natural systems for rainwater runoff were implemented through the use of vegetated rain-gardens located throughout the site.

Credit:
This project design was done while employed at JMA|STUDIO.

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