Ride along with local landscape architects, planners and developers to explore three exciting projects which, not only have created healthy and stimulating pedestrian environments; but, have begun to transform the way Omaha’s residents live, work and play.
Delores Silkworth will lead this tour. The South Streetscape was designed to reflect the festive, nurturing, and welcoming background of this historic and culturally unique district. RDG’s involvement in the project began with conceptualizing overall vision improvements and continues today with documentation and implementation. The revitalization plan includes diagonal parking on both sides of the street, a single touch-lane in each direction, and four way stops at internal intersections. Works of art were interwoven throughout the streetscape. RDG completed and coordinated the design, fabrication, and installation of art pieces for a five block area of the South Omaha District, L to Q Streets, on South 24th Street. This major entry feature for the South Omaha Streetscape was based on the cross-cultural symbol of the tree of life, which winds in paving patterns, planters, and inset tilework. A sculptural metal tree creates a memorable icon celebrating the four primary ethnicities from the area.
Awards: APA Nebraska Chapter – Urban Design Award – 2013
City of Omaha, NE – “Art of Community” Award of Excellence – 2013
Doug Bisson will lead this tour. Located in the heart of Omaha, Aksarben Village is the city’s premier entertainment and shopping community; a walkable place of unique shops, residential units, restaurants, bars, bike trails and green spaces. This 60-acre mixed-use development is situated on the site of the former Aksarben Racetrack. It is located south of a high-tech incubator complex associated with the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO), several UNO dormitories and land designated for future UNO expansion.
Bob Maher will lead this tour. Midtown Crossing’s story began in 2002 when representatives of Midtown’s large and small businesses, neighborhood associations, residents and city leaders met at Mutual of Omaha to discuss their concern over the future of the neighborhood. The result of the meeting was the Destination Midtown project, which began with a detailed study of the neighborhood, identifying opportunities to stabilize and revitalize the area. A strong recommendation of the Destination Midtown study was the development of a mixed-use, pedestrian-friendly neighborhood that would bring much-needed retail to serve current Midtown residents as well as new residential offerings to attract residents to the area.
The Destination Midtown initiative was occurring at the same time Mutual of Omaha was driving significant changes in its business, leaving it with under-utilized real estate in a several-block area immediately east of its headquarters building. These events, along with the company’s visionary leadership, led to the transformation of Mutual of Omaha’s surplus property into Midtown Crossing; a million-square-foot mixed-use urban redevelopment project.
Exactly five years after announcing the feasibility study that led to Midtown Crossing at Turner Park, the community gathered in Turner Park on May 18, 2010, to officially cut the ribbon on Omaha’s most exciting new urban development.
TOUR ARCHIVES2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006