This photo on the city website shows how steel boxes can be transformed into street-level vending locations.
And the idea of providing secure containers for drug addicts to dispose of their needles is also getting some support in a city-sponsored contest.
Just over 100 different ideas have been submitted in the competition, dubbed Our Rutland. The city is offering $100,000 to fund the winning project.
"There's a lot of good ideas on there, but there's also a few that are really out there," John Vielvoye, a past-president of the Rutland Residents Association, said Wednesday.
Ideas can be submitted and voted on at the city's website until Friday. Then, city staff will come up with a short-list of
10 viable projects for the next round of voting. The winning selection has to be created and in place by September.
Variations on ideas to create a farmer's market currently have the most support, with about 65 total stars from those who've indicated their preferences on the website.
Creation of a one-day-a week street market with buskers has drawn 33 stars. "Make Rutland a weekly destination and add a fun bit of character," the person who suggested the street market wrote in her submission.
Another popular idea, with 31 stars, is the purchase and placement of several simple steel boxes, similar to shipping containers, in Roxby Park. The boxes would then be rented out to a variety of commercial vendors.
"Each week could have a different theme to minimize the commitment/cost by individual small business owners," wrote the person who made the suggestion. They also included pictures of similar programs elsewhere.
Other ideas include the painting of murals, a statue of community namesake John Rutland, and creation of a new park at the vacant northeast corner of Rutland Road and Highway 33. "Do SOMETHNG with that ugly lot," reads a suggestion that has drawn 36 stars.
One person has suggested road medians be landscaped with edible plants and berries, to feed the hungry. Another idea, with 24 stars, is the placement of sharps and biohazard containers in public areas.
"Sharps containers support injury prevention and allow for items like needles to be safely disposed of. It would benefit the health and safety of the whole community," according to the person who made the suggestion.
A couple ideas have clearly been posted by people who don't think much of the entire contest.
"Stop wasting taxpayers' money and lower taxes," is an idea that has drawn 13 stars. Beside this comment, city staff who operate the contest have made the notation: "Not feasible."