Selected by the Redding Redevelopment Agency in 1996 to design a demonstration block for a more pedestrian downtown, our firm was able to build upon ideas generated in community forums that we had facilitated over the previous year. The challenges of this project were many; we had to deal with upgrading a 100 year-old infrastructure, poor weather conditions, and contractors who didn’t have experience with a project type of this kind in the north state. The uniqueness of this project comes from the community’s desire to not just recycle streetscape elements from a catalog, but to create a style all Redding’s own. This resulted in a “kit of parts” including light poles and planter benches designed in part with the help of community participants. Within this context, the project was completed within schedule at on budget. More importantly, it has acted in part as a catalyst to increasing development within downtown, most notably with the restoration of the Cascade Theatre.