New Use for an Old Space

1397735_10201864784077937_983382889_oThis space is unused.  It sits directly behind my office.  This is a fall shot.

I never really looked at it, until I really looked at it.  There’s room for a couple of tables and chairs there.  Wifi is accessible.  The view to the west is the Stark Plaza, a green space designed to provide a place for people to enjoy listening to music, watching shows and live performances.  Across the alley is the bank.

Imagine sitting there, working on your laptop, enjoying a cup of coffee or a cold drink.  It’s relatively quiet, conducive to getting some work done.

It’s located right in the heart of downtown.  Wouldn’t you rather attend a meeting here than in a stuffy room?

Yes, I know it’s winter right now.  But I’m planning for spring and summer.  I think I’ll start looking for unique tables and chairs made by a local artist ….

This is just one spot in a town with many cool spots.  Have you taken a walk around your town?  Can you find some neat places to do different things?   Fargo converted an alley into a place to hold an Alley Fair.  Live music, food, vendors — and it was a nice use of an unused space.


Debworks is embarking on a project that includes walking your town with you and pointing out just these sort of things.  This project will include: different uses of private and public spaces in your community, guided brainstorming for one business or a group of businesses focusing on three topics important to your community, online marketing question and answer session and a hands on marketing presentation specific to your community.  If you’re interested, email me at or phone 641-580-0103. 


  1. Val - Corn, Beans, Pigs & Kids on December 10, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    I think that would be perfect. I think of downtown Ames and all the fun little places they have for people to sit down, relax, work, whatever they want. Good luck with transforming the space!

  2. Deb on December 10, 2013 at 7:48 pm

    Thanks Val —- we hope to find a couple of more spaces too!