A Closer Look: The City and District Partnership
2017 State Street Art Fair is among us and as we get closer to the big weekend, the District is working closer than ever with the city of Ann Arbor to make it the best and safest fair yet. State Street District has cultivated strong communication with the city officials in preparation for the event because we are stronger if we work together. Change is on the horizon for the Ann Arbor Art Fair after implementing a geographic information system (GIS) to improve the safety and layout of the event. The partnership with city officials made it possible to digitize the fair using the GIS system, which allow people to easily view, understand, and examine the geographic location of the Ann Arbor Art Fair.
The digital system implementation should positively impact the safety of this year’s fair and all events to come. These changes will enable City personnel to effectively and efficiently respond to any community need. The system will also provide responders with needed information about those participating in the fair and the street space that is use for the production of the fair. After discussing these important changes with city officials, it is understood that emergency responders now have information at their fingertips so they can quickly access the site. Maneuvering around the fair and understanding the setup in the city should greatly improve with the accessible GIS map. Emergency responders have a better knowledge base on barricades and important reference points for city safety. In addition, the GIS system will allow all of the city services to be identified in one place. This new information layer allows for various departments within the system to work together when preparing and responded to community need during the fair.
This movement in establishing a better use of technology has increased communication between the city and the district, which will ultimately lead to safer, organized events. That being said, some suggestions from city officials on how to prepare for the fair as an attendee include dressing appropriately, drinking plenty of fluids (not just the dehydrating kind), and knowledge on where to go in case of emergency. The great strides made by working with the city officials has State Street District excited and committed to making our 50th Art Fair the beginning of positive changes.