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News about Connectivity

The latest news from the Connectivity study.

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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Senior Considerations

As noted in a recent post, achieving Norwalk’s Connectivity goals has major economic development significance: Norwalk’s future workforce is rapidly disappearing, but has been demonstrated to gravitate to urban locales that offer genuinely appealing mobility alternatives to the transportation monomodalism Norwalk is mired in today.  That is the Connectivity argument for retaining the population which […]

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TWLTL

“TWLTL?”  No, it’s not the planner’s equivalent of LOL or ROFL.  It stands for Two-way Left Turn Lane, and it is the proposed lane configuration for upper West Avenue under the approved Connectivity Plan, pictured below. Sometimes referred to as a “road diet,” the new configuration would take upper West Avenue’s current 4 lanes of […]

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Walking Series on Slate

There is a new series of stories about walking at Slate.com.  The first installment — “The Crisis in American Walking” —  is linked here, and quickly makes the observation that Americans walk the least of any industrialized nation. The United States walks the least of any industrialized nation. Studies employing pedometers have found that where […]

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Surface Parking and the Surreal

Several friends forwarded me this book review in the WSJ of Rethinking a Lot: The Design and Culture of Parking By Eran Ben-Joseph.  The reviewer’s lead-in is a description of his and his wife’s “surreal schlep across several hundred acres of empty parking lot” after eating dinner at a suburban mall.  He says that, despite […]

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We’re Smart!

Apparently, we (by which I mean the Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk metropolitan area) are smart (by which I mean well-educated)! In an article on Good.is, the Lumina Foundation, an organization focused on increasing college graduation, published a list compiled with census data of the top metro areas for college education.  Our metro area came in fifth in the […]

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Proceedings

Proceedings of the Norwalk Parking Symposium Thanks to one and all who attended and participated in the Norwalk Parking Symposium.  We hope you found it interesting and informative. We have received requests both from those who attended and those who were unable to for access to the presentations that were given.  After obtaining permission from […]

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Masterplan Is Done!

The Masterplan is done and on its way for final approval by the Common Council at their meeting March 27, 2012.  After a thorough and lengthy planning process, beginning in May of 2007 with a working group and a local planning consultant, the draft master plan went before the Norwalk Planning Commission, the Norwalk Redevelopment […]

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All Aboard!

Transit ridership is growing in this country.  A lot.  According to a report by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), Americans took 10.4 billion rides on public transit in 2011.  You can link to the full report here.  Other than a spike in 2008, the number was the highest on record since 1957.  The report […]

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Parking Symposium

The advisory committee for the Urban Corridor Parking Plan is hosting a symposium on the economics of parking at the Dolce Conference Center.  Registration and additional information here.

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