Making Norwalk a better place
Draft Parking Master Plan
Recognizing the expense, congestion, underutilization of valuable land that all the parking that would be required for the new development we are anticipating in the urban corridor, the Norwalk Redevelopment Agency has commissioned a Parking Master Plan. The Agency, a Parking Advisory Committee and FHI, the Agency’s Connectivity consultants have produced a draft of this [...]
Landscape Design Improvements Proposed for West Avenue
[ December 17, 2012; 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. April 10, 2013; 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. ]
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The Redevelopment Agency has been hard at work advancing the streetscape improvement recommendations of the Connectivity Master Plan. Together with design and engineering firm Milone and MacBroom, we are drafting a comprehensive landscape design plan for the West Avenue corridor that calls for a substantial increase in the number of street [...]
Research: Doctor Congestion
Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love The Density
There’s a piece of fascinating transportation research published in this month’s Journal of the American Planning Association (JAPA). It’s kind of dense, no pun intended (ok, a little intended), but worth a read if you like the occasional peek at the more scientific side of [...]
Opinion: CT’s TOD Needs More T, O, & D
There was another story on the wires last week that WSHU and The Hour also picked up about that most peculiar of transit dilemmas in the State of Connecticut: parking.
Yes, you heard right. If you thought that people were finally getting out of their cars and getting the hang of this riding-the-train-to-work thing, you’d [...]
Paid Parking = Business Killer?
This is a claim that has bedeviled the parking debate in Norwalk for quite some time, and one which I recently pledged to investigate more rigorously.
I do not offer the following as a conclusion to that investigation, but merely as an interesting nugget from the articles I’ve run across thus far. It’s applicability to Norwalk [...]
Planning Mag’s Transportation Issue
Planning, the monthly magazine of the American Planning Association, has a special issue on transportation out today. There are good articles on…
Innovations in in-street bicycle integration
Transit projects from around the country
Parking lessons learned from the front-lines
The car-sharing movement
Transit-Oriented Development in San Francisco’s Bay Area
Or, to peruse them all, link here.
In another article in The Atlantic by Richard Florida, the economic efficiencies of communities that enable biking, walking, and transit are highlighted. With gasoline well over $4/gallon for a sustained period now, the ‘pocketbook’ point doesn’t need a lot of elaboration, but the article also elaborates on the wider economic inefficiency of car-dependent communities which [...]
Who Takes Transit in the US?
According to Richard Florida, people in higher-density communities, and members of the “creative class,” including scientists, engineers, techies, researchers, artists, designers, musicians, etc.
Richard Florida is a widely published urbanist whose 2002 book “The Rise of the Creative Class” made waves in national economic development circles. The book and his subsequent work and commentary have had [...]