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The Downtown Connectivity Initiative

The issue of Connectivity has been a concern shared by the Redevelopment Agency and the Norwalk community since the spring of 2007.  While we have been fortunate to attract a number of development proposals for large sites in the downtown, it is important not just to examine the proposals individually, but also to ensure that, collectively, they form a coherent, well-functioning urban core.

In the summer of 2009, the Agency released a Request for Proposals (RFP) for consulting teams to develop a Connectivity Master Plan for downtown Norwalk, and embarking on an intricate and multi-faceted planning endeavor which continues today.  A record of that process and a large supply of background and supplementary data can be found here.

We’ve accomplished a lot, as far as the planning goes.  You can see the final plan, along with meeting minutes, and other documents germane to the initiative on the documents page.

If you’d like to delve into the approach we’ve taken to connecting downtown Norwalk and review the key strategies of our plan, check out the strategies section.

In 2007, the impetus behind this initiative was physical in nature, and the economic components of the imminent development were givens.  Today, economically, nothing is a “given.”  But, in light of the area’s demographics, Norwalk’s economic health may be the best reason of all to stay the course on Connectivity.  Norwalk’s Connectivity is Norwalk’s economic development.

We’re not inventing the wheel here.  Other communities have experience with some or all of what we’re doing, and people have written about it.  The Links & Resources section of our site covers that angle.

We’ve also posted some maps and photos that are useful to understanding Connectivity in Norwalk.  At Ideas for Norwalk, an online discussion continues about the different strategies proposed for addressing Connectivity.