Why is the new kiosk going to waste?

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I drove by the new Water St. pedestrian promenade (I like that name better than ‘Sesquicentennial Legacy Plaza’) yesterday and noticed that the new kiosk is not being used.

The Harvest sculpture dedication is still promoted on the south side of the kiosk. The north side only has a downtown directory poster.

I don’t know who’s in charge of the new kiosk but clearly they’re dropping the ball.

  • Maybe Neuger Communications should take care of it. Their offices are right there on Water St, about 100 feet away and they have a contract with the City for PR/communications.
  • Maybe By All Means Graphics should take care of it. They produce the NEG and many/most of the event posters in town.
  • Maybe the NDDC should take care it since a vibrant downtown is their mission.
  • Maybe Northfield.org should take care of it since they are the go-to web site for local events.

We taxpayers spent a shitload of money on this fantastic pedestrian promenade. It’d be nice to see the kiosk used effectively. Starting this week.

11/10 update: Jim Bohnhoff, Bohnhoff Design, sent me these PDFs and attached an explanation in comment #15 of the discussion thread.

Left: Kiosk sponsorship ad (PDF)
Right: Kiosk proposal (PDF)

12/21 Upate:  Jim Bohnhoff emailed me his latest draft of the downtown directory for the Kiosk with the sponsorship ads in place:



  1. We could be a pilot project for such a project. However, that is something, I do not want to head up. 😉

    December 23, 2008
  2. Curt Benson said:

    I’m too lazy to read all the comments to get the answer I’m looking for. Jim Bonhoff, is the kiosk design yours? Also, who fabricated it? (I’m not sure if you’re responsible for the just the content in the kiosk, or did you do the whole thing?)

    Anyway, it is really, really well done. Nice job.

    December 23, 2008
  3. Mary Rossing said:

    Thanks Curt! The streetscape taskforce , with the help of consultant John Slack, looked at design options. He has now been hired to work on the Ames Park master plan, so expect great things. One of his best qualities is that he really listens to people’s ideas, so weigh in now on this important community gathering place!

    December 23, 2008
    • Griff Wigley said:

      Ooh, thanks Mary… that reminds to post all the stuff John Slack sent me on the Ames Park Master Plan.

      And I should probably throw a log on the Way Park Master Plan while I’m at it, too. 😉

      December 23, 2008
  4. Jim Bohnhoff said:

    Good morning – I am very happy to report that the graphics for the North side of the Riverwalk Kiosk were installed on Saturday.

    Thanks to Locally Grown and its readers for showing that people really care about our fair city and an especially Big Thank You to all the Sponsors: NDDC, Nfld Chamber of Commerce, Nfld Historical Society, The Tavern, Froggy Bottoms, Just Food Co-op, Archer House, The Rare Pair, Hogan Brothers, Present Perfect, Rueb-N-Stein and the City of Northfield.

    If you would lke to use any of the ‘Maps’ 1. Downtown Street & Building Map 2. City wide Map 3. Birds Eye View Map in a website or other promotions, etc.
    Let me know. Jim Bohnhoff 612-968-5013

    February 9, 2009
  5. Griff Wigley said:

    Jim Bohnhoff, any plans to update the south side of the kiosk? The poster for the Jan/Feb Fred Sommers art show at the NAG is still up.

    April 20, 2009
  6. Jim Bohnhoff said:

    Good morning,
    I will be updating the Coming Events this week.
    I have received some very good responses from people who have used the Map and Directory to help find their way to downtown businesses. I have also noticed many people enjoying the Plaza and Riverwalk on the beautiful Spring days and evenings.

    April 20, 2009
  7. Griff Wigley said:

    Good to see the Girls Night Out poster up there now, Jim. Thx!

    April 26, 2009
  8. Bright Spencer said:

    I wonder why the new benches are facing away from the river and looking into the parking lot?

    April 27, 2009

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