Hot 20: The News Anchor, Justin Kelly
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The majority of San Francisco’s Art Nouveau–style newsstands—about 70 vintage green metal kiosks in all—sit vacant, awaiting a higher calling.
“They’re perfect for funky, experimental interventions,” says HOK architect Justin Kelly, who hatched the re:NEWS streetscape project in 2010 to soup up said kiosks in the name of enchanting sidewalk strolls, especially in the charm-challenged mid-Market region. “Ultimately, you should be able to see a kiosk down the road and eagerly anticipate its contents.”
From the Huckleberry Bicycles gratis repair stand inside a booth on Market Street, near Seventh—the first to open, in 2011—to the Community Arts International spinoff, called the Kiosk Museum, which this summer began installing art exhibits in a dozen of these offbeat spaces, the project is slowly but surely gaining momentum.
As a triathlete and new father, Kelly seems remarkably suited for such an unprecedented undertaking, given the perseverance and ingenuity required. “We’re not ideas-limited, we’re resource-limited,” explains the East Bay resident. “But I know the most powerful achievements result from many small steps. I can’t wait for this to take on a life of its own.”