Pleasant Street Pedestrian Project

Pleasant Street

This MetroLAB Graduate Architecture studio worked with several groups, organizations and other DAAP classes to explore how Pleasant Street in the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood of Cincinnati could become a more pedestrian-friendly experience. This design process emerged from interactions with the local Pleasant Street residents, the Corporation for Findlay Market, faculty and students from the DAAP School of Planning and School of Art and many others. There were three public community engagement events held over summer 2015. The first event identified who the Pleasant street community is and began a conversation about what works on Pleasant street and what needs to be improved. The students then began building prototype elements that the community came and tested at the next event. At the third event, Pleasant Street was closed to vehicular traffic and the students built four Parklet designs that were tested in 4 different parking spots. The final product of the studio is a cohesive design for Cincinnati’s first Parklet. If all goes well, this will be built and installed on Pleasant street in spring 2016.


Pleasant Street, downtown Cincinnati, OH


Michael Zaretsky


UC Pathway B Third Century Materials Grant



  • Findlay Market Foundation
  • UC School of Planning
  • UC School of Art
  • Haile Foundation


Pleasant Street