23-Jul-2013 (Tue) Wherein it's almost Kickstarter Time.

Hopefully we'll be launching a kickstarter to pay for our parklet soon! Our architect has been ridiculously generous and donated all of his design and engineering work, but the materials are still going to run us almost $10k.

It's a really cool design, too! You'll see.

Parklets are weird in that, while we have to pay for it, it's not really ours. They exist in that gray area of sidewalks: you don't really own your sidewalk, though you're responsible for it, so the bargain you make with the City in order to take back some parking spaces and turn them into something nice is that you have to foot the construction bill, even though the thing you build is technically a public park.

Anyway, we've got a pretty cool list of Kickstarter incentives that we've come up with, but if you have any good ideas, please suggest them now! We'll probably be launching it in a week or two, depending on how quickly Steen gets finished shooting our video.

One of the obvious-but-good ones is a Golden Ticket: free admission for you and a friend to every show for a year.

Meanwhile I've been putting in extremely long hours down at the Vertex Mines, obsessing over the 3D models of this thing. "Working on my dollhouse", I usually call it.

Recent photo galleries:

Western SOMA Plan
A Dying Sun
Gram Rabbit
Atlas Obscura
8 Bit Weapon

8 Responses:

  1. Ryoga Vee says:

    The only negative is parking for large busses when big events come through. But that's a small price to pay for something that happens a few times a year.

  2. What is the cost of the Parklet. Also, can you get a grant to cover the cost. You bring in a good amount of business into SF.

  3. Not Mr. Moneybags says:

    Top-end Kickstarter reward that's priced so high that no one's likely to take it (Only one available. $5,000+?): Rock star parking for a year on event nights, right outside the club, reserved with traffic cones.*

    *Possible fine print: The parking space will be returned to circulation if not claimed by a particular deadline each night.

    - N pizza slices / cups of coffee / etc.
    - Free coat check for a year
    - A cocktail special named after you
    - A backstage tour of the club, including "this is what a DJ / light operator does here" instructions, if desired

    • Creech says:

      Given the club doesn't actually own the parking out front, it'd be hard for the club to make that happen.

    • MattyJ says:

      I like the cocktail naming idea. Maybe let someone invent and name a pizza.

      . reserved seat in the parklet, though as mentioned it's still a public space and you probably can't get away with that
      . 'be jwz for a day'
      . one night of DNA Upstairs usage to do with what you please
      . MC for a night

  4. phuzz says:

    Stickers or tshirts or something for those outside of SF?

  5. Thomas Lord says:

    Be practical. I think you should offer some slacks and shirts, perhaps some socks and underwear at the lower levels.

  6. Jon Lennox says:

    One thing to watch out for -- make sure any incentives that include "free drinks" (e.g. one free glass of the cocktail named after you) make it clear that the drinks aren't actually free, you're just paying for them in advance with your Kickstarter payment. Otherwise the ABC will have grounds to get on your case.