Gas City's Gas Derrick Street Signs
Gas City, IN United States | 2022
Many urban neighborhoods have a need to reinvent and redevelop due to decades of disinvestment and people moving away from the city. In efforts to bring people back to these neglected areas, cities are making attempts to brighten them up and make them inviting again. Madisonville, Ohio is one such city.
"The designers chose hot-dip galvanizing because they wanted materials to be long lasting." Brian Henning of Ackermann Group
Madisonville is located northeast of Cincinnati, Ohio. This area is known for its diversity. Madisonville was founded in 1797 when frontiersman and Revolutionary War veteran Joseph Ward built a log cabin along an old Indian trail near the same street that the benches and bike racks have been placed. The community was formally established in 1809 and called Madison, named after President James Madison.
In its prime Madisonville was the second largest neighborhood business district. The town is growing once again with an influx of economic development in business and housing. Today Madisonville is home for almost 10,000 residents and continues to grow.
The goal is to redevelop the area into a walkable, pedestrian-friendly neighborhood. Hot-dip galvanizing was specified on this project because it would protect the benches and bike racks from the sometimes harsh weather, salt thrown from snow plows and the wear and tear of people enjoying them. The designers wanted to bring bright colors to this area in hopes of making families want to stop, park their bikes and enjoy the area once again. The duplex system provided both. The musical notes on the benches and bike racks were chosen by Artworks, Sediment Design and Ackermann Group to pay homage to Madisonville's love and history of music.
Cincinnati, OH United States
Aesthetics, Corrosion Performance
Bicycle Racks, Benches
Cincinnati Metal Fabricating
AZZ Galvanizing - Cincinnati
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