More than development. Norwalk redevelopment.

Landscape Design Improvements Proposed for West Avenue

    View presentation by clicking here 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 […]

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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 […]

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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. http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/c546ab9223b84fd0b94ebbff1ddd28b4/CT–Gold-Coast-Train-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 […]

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Developer Survey

In an effort to apprehend what parking and connectivity strategies would be compatible with Norwalk’s developer-partners (and which would not), we conducted an anonymous survey.  This memo summarizes the results.

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Best Practices – Parking

Our consultant for the Urban Corridor Parking Plan surveyed best practices for parking that might be applicable for Norwalk.  This is his report.

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Urban Efficiency

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 […]

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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 […]

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IYBI – Bike Lane Edition

In prior posts, we have cited the Field-of-Dreams law of planning: if you build it, they will come (“IYBI”), documenting research that points to mixed-use downtowns generating pedestrians, and parking spaces generating more cars. The journal Transportation has now offered up an IYBI bicycle corollary in its March edition: build bicycle lanes, you’ll get more […]

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