The Mid City Mall in the Highlands will be the subject of the inaugural event in the Brief Urban Design Area Studies series from Broken Sidewalk/Urban Design Studio. The series is meant to get people thinking about how urban spaces could be redeveloped and put to better use. Here are more details:

The event takes place in two stages.  First, from 9:30AM through 11AM, Broken Sidewalk and the Urban Design Studio will lead a guided tour of the Mid City Mall area to scope out the current conditions of one of Louisville’s most high-profile properties.  We’ll be taking a look at the history of the site, the growth of Bardstown Road, and how the site interacts with the surrounding neighborhood.  Meet at Heine Bros. Coffee across the street from the Mid City Mall at 1295 Bardstown Road.

Next, from Noon until 4:30PM, the really important stuff gets started – imagining the potential of the Mid City Mall area.  We’ll be heading Downtown to the Urban Design Studio at 507 South Third Streetwhere we can check out giant maps of the area and start sketching our ideas.  We’ll provide the supplies, pens, markers, trace paper, and more.  We’ll have some light snacks to keep the creative juices flowing as well.

When we have created the perfect reimagination of the Mid City Mall site, the Urban Design Studio and Broken Sidewalk will compile the results and publish a report on the UDS and Broken Sidewalk web sites.