Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Peabody Place / Center for Southern Folklore Bicycle Rack


"Peabody Place Garage" for those of you that can't read upside down. But really a fallen sign is the least of this mall's problems. Take a look at their website. Quite an impressive list of restaurants and museums and several years ago the shopping was considerably more. So why just space for 5 bikes with all of those establishments? And why are you going to tuck it away on the building's back side where there's no foot traffic?


It was only recently that the city added bike racks of it's own around the downtown area; one being in the Peabody Place area in front of the Center for Southern Folklore.


That's nice and all but neither really solve the bicycle parking issue that occurs at what is more than likely Peabody Place's most popular establishment: The Flying Saucer


Remarkably all of these pictures were taken on the same day, merely an hour apart. There are five bikes in this picture alone; this does not include the other side of the Saucer which is where I normally park.

Here's how they all rack up:

Peabody Place Bicycle Rack
Form - Wave
Function - Fail (because of location)
Environment - This rack is desolate, just like it's environment
Points of Interest - Hooter's

Center For Southern Folklore Bicycle Rack
Form - Artistic
Function - Pass
Environment - In the proper light the shadows of the rack make a nice wave-ish pattern which reminds me of the river
Points of Interest - Belz Museum of Asian and Judaic Art, Majestic Grille, etc

Flying Saucer Newspaper Corral
Form - Newspaper Corral
Function - Double Pass (newspaper corral and bicycle rack)
Environment - I would say that it blends with the surrounding environment quite effectively
Points of Interest - The Flying Saucer, Beer

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