It’s also our responsibility to actively support the unique and special qualities of our neighborhood, and develop projects that improve its appearance, security, livability, and appeal to visitors – particulary in the beach and business area: the heart of Amapas.
Our goal is to partner with the City government, public-spirited local residents and businesses, and our fellow local non-profit organizations to develop, finance, complete and maintain these projects.
“Pulpito Plaza” is the first of what we hope will be many such partnerships.
Intersection of Pulpito & Olas Altas, as it is today
The intersection of Pulpito and Olas Altas – at the foot of the Pinnacle stairs – is now a barren and unremarkable stretch of pavement – neglected, unlighted, and uninviting.
There’s no sense of ‘connection’ between the ‘hillside’ east… and the west side. No reason to walk up Olas Altas from Emiliano Zapata to the corner and take a look – no sense of anything special.
But there’s real potential here.
Potential to create a sense of place, of arriving somewhere – a welcoming, well-lighted ‘Gateway’ to Pulpito’s burgeoning ‘restaurant row’ and the beach.
That’s our goal: to realize the potential. To provide light and visual interest, a sense of safety. To encourage clean streets, provide places to sit and wait for a cab or shuttle, to look around…and to have something to look at. To create a comfortable shaded area to eat, drink, read, or enjoy the new mural; to encourage visitors to use Pinnacle’s two elevated plazitas.
Intersection’s Bare, Unattractive & Unused South West Corner
NIEGHBORHOOD IMPROVEMENT PROJECT GOALS
The Junta Vecinal believes that, as our first neighborhood improvement project, Pulpito Plaza should have four main qualities. It should be: Useful, Attractive,Affordable, and Soon.
The intersection’s Overgrown & Underused North West “Tropicasa” Corner
THE BASIC DESIGN
The basic design connects the disparate corners of the intersection through the repeated use of large-scale planters and wrought iron street lights & street furniture, traditional ‘Viejo Vallarta’ finishing materials, painted pavement designs, and a mural.
The resulting improvements are simple and relatively easy to construct, install and maintain.
THE NEW ‘PULPITO PLAZA’
Looking up Pulpito to the intersection, now bracketed by planters and park benches,
With new trash containers nearby.
Across the street – now painted with a unifying focal design –
new benches, tables, chairs. An original mural.
And, above that, tables, chairs, colorful umbrellas, and freshened landscaping.
THE PINNACLE ‘PLACITAS’
Tansformed into an inviting and useful public space.
Tables, chairs and umbrellas for dining, drinking, and taking in the view
down Pulpito to ‘Restaurant Row’ and the beach.
THE ‘TROPICASA’ (NW) CORNER
Each sidwwalk ‘bulb-out’ with its own compliment of colorful tropical foliage,
park bench seating, attractive trash containers, and wrought iron street lights.
THE OPPOSITE (SW) CORNER
An attractive tropical planter marks the entrance to Pulpito’s ‘restaurant row’
and provides casual seating.
Wrought iron street lights illuminate the sidewalk and rebuilt steps.
Plan & Computer Renderings by ARQ Fanny Oliveras Ricardo
The design, development and realization of “Pulpito Plaza” is sponsored by The Amapas Junta Vecinal and its sister organization, the Amapas Neighborhood Association (ANA), whose mission is to improve the quality of life in Amapas.
This is a group effort, and we are looking for contributors & willing partners.
Your comments, suggestions, contributions and sponsorships are welcome. And your financial support, in-kind contributions or volunteer help to coordinate the project and assist with neighborhood outreach & fund raising will be greatly appreciated by your friends and neighbors, who will all benefit from this project.
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