WALK [Santa Fe]
October 31 – November 30, 2013

WALK [Santa Fe] was a month long city prototyping project demonstrating simple, affordable, and practical solutions to increase walkability in Santa Fe. The goal of WALK [Santa Fe] was for Santa Fe residents, business owners, and visitors to experience the impact that clear signage and designated pathways can make for a more vibrant and connected downtown, and begin a discussion with city leaders to consider new wayfinding solutions for downtown Santa Fe.

The project featured a clearly defined path, printed maps, and temporary street signs pointing the way to museums, galleries, shops, restaurants, and parks. Each sign had an imbedded QR code with specific directions to get to each location through Google Maps technology. Partnering with other non-profit organizations, CrSF hosted walking and biking events for an entire month. “WALK [Santa Fe] Ambassadors” were be on the streets to answer pedestrians’ questions, discuss the project, and demonstrate how to use the QR codes.

This project was in coordination with the national initiative WALK [Your City]. WALK [Santa Fe] had 81 program partners making WALK [Santa Fe] the largest WALK [Your City] initiative project to date, proof of Santa Fe’s commitment to becoming a more walkable and vibrant community.

Walkability directly impacts they vibrancy, energy, health, and prosperity of communities. As urban planner Jeff Speck, author of Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time, describes, “The walkable city is not just a nice, idealistic notion. Rather, it is a simple, practical-minded solution to a host of complex problems we face as a society.”

“As a store owner in the Railyard, the leadership on this project is a breath of fresh air with some real, workable ideas to help our businesses here and in the Downtown Plaza. This project, led by Creative Santa Fe, is an urban planning prototype and grass roots led. We believe so much in the impact that good, simple maps and way finding signs placed strategically throughout the corridor between the two plazas (Downtown and the Railyard), that we are sponsoring this event.”

Amy Parish & Jean-Philippe Saldana
Owners, Bon Marche, LLC



Antique Warehouse
Axle Contemporary
Baca Street Arts District
Baca Street Railyard
Bistro 315
Blue Corn Café
Bon Marche
Canyon Road Galleries
Casa Chimayo Restaurante
Casa Nova Gallery
Charlotte Jackson Fine Art
Charlotte Shop
Collected Works Bookstore
Cowgirl BBQ
Daniella Clothing + More
David Richard Gallery
Design Center
Design Warehouse
DeVargas Park and Skatepark
El Museo Cultura
EVOKE Contemporary
Five and Dime
Flying Star Café
Goler Fine Imported Shoes
Georgia O’ Keeffe Museum
Il Piatto
Inn at Loretto
James Kelly Contemporary
Junction Restaurant
La Casa Sena
La Fonda Hotel
Lensic Theater
Maya, Mira!
Momo and Co. Bakery and Boba Tea Bar
Museum Hill
New Mexico History Museum
New Mexico Museum of Art
New Mexico School for the Arts
Only Green Design
Palace of the Governors
Patina Gallery
POP Gallery
Rail Runner
Railyard Performance Center

Railyard Stewards
Rooftop Pizzeria
Rio Chama
Santa Fe Artisans Market
Santa Fe Botanical Garden
Santa Fe Clay
Santa Fe Community Convention Center
Santa Fe Culinary Academy
Santa Fe Convention and Visitors Bureau
Santa Fe Farmer’s Market
Santa Fe Farmer’s Market Shops
Santa Fe Railyard Community Corporation
Santa Fe Sage Inn
Santa Fe School of Cooking
Santa Fe University of Art and Design
Santa Fe REP
Shiprock Santa Fe
Santuario de Guadalupe
Second Street Brewery
Tierra Encantada Charter School
Verve Gallery
Warehouse 21
Wade Wilson Art
William Siegal Gallery
Yares Art Projects
Youth Media Project
Zane Bennett Gallery
333 Montezuma Arts


Chamber of Commerce
City of Santa Fe
Convention and Visitor’s Bureau
The Convergence Project with Story of Place Institute
     Master’s Program
Metropolitan Planning Organization
New Mexico School for the Arts
Only Green Design

Santa Fe County
Santa Fe Prep
Santa Fe University of Art and Design
Surroundings Studio