Caffé Vivace on Broadway

by Tom Roberts

 

Caffé Vivace on Broadway consists of a tiny retail storefront, only 12 feet across, with an espresso bar and access to an indoor seating area upstairs, and four patio tables with umbrellas and patio chairs. The tables sit right on the sidewalk just to the south of the storefront. Since this side of the café is the parking lot for Washington Mutual Bank, there are no other storefronts here and so the tables do not block any other storefronts; they are divided from the lot by a small planting strip with an upright, twisted juniper about 10 feet tall and a large linden, and a nylon ropeline defines the back of the space and keeps customers out of the planting bed. Approximately ten feet of sidewalk separates the outdoor seating from Broadway, and there are bike racks, newspaper machines and a heavily-used bus stop near the site.

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The term “micro-urbanism” describes small-scale urban spaces and design interventions that enable a wide variety of activities, events, processes and functions to take place. It also involves ways to reinterpret the urban landscape. As a class project, the purpose for creating this Guide is to bring attention to aspects of our everyday environment that are important but often neglected parts of the urban experiences.

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