Artisan vs Artist
The difference between an artisan and an artist is key to a conversation about an "artisan street." Muneer Bahauddeen believes that artisans are more connected to a community. They must set up roots for their businesses and as a result they are invested in the success of the neighborhood. This is why Bahauddeen argues that creating an artisan street may be a good strategy to invigorate Washington Park.
The idea of artisan streets are not a new idea. From the streets of medieval Europe to the bazaars of the East every culture in the world has played out this theme throughout the ages. As a matter of fact Lisbon Avenue grew up as an artisan street. During the early part of the twentieth century, Lisbon Avenue was lined with artisanal shops. Entrepreneurs ranging from bakers and chocolatiers to carpenters and blacksmiths lived and worked in the vicinity of this street. The history of this street supports this contemporary dream that artisans will return to the neighborhood and repopulate this street.
The ultimate goal for the artisan street is to be able to provide the community with goods and services that they require for everyday life. This idea hopes that local businesses and residents will invest in the neighborhood while simultaneously develop a sense of connection and dependence with their neighbors. Socio-economic connections that are forged through work, labor and exchange promotes true and long-lasting bonds. They empower local residents and encourage lasting positive changes.
The Washington Park studio has proposed multiple designs for a future artisan streets:
Lindsay Johnson Idea
Jennifer Hohol Idea
Claire Olson Idea