More than development. Norwalk redevelopment.


The Connectivity Plan is built around 9 strategies, listed below. For an overview, go here first.


Wayfinding is what the word itself suggests — a means of finding one’s way.  Wayfinding is closely associated with the branding and marketing of a particular district in one’s city — often the downtown, and sometimes a Special Services District.  Such endeavors, in turn, are usually associated with persuading the target audience that, beyond the […]

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Streetscape Design

At a public meeting held by the Connectivity Steering Committee last spring, those gathered endeavored to prioritize the different strategies that had been discussed and explored to that point (more about that meeting here).  Surprisingly, although they had not received much discussion prior to that evening, “Design Guidelines” emerged as a strategy that members felt […]

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Pedestrian Improvements

First and last, everyone is a pedestrian.  Whether it’s walking to your parked car, or walking from your parked car to your destination, eventually, even the most car-centric, walk-resistant among us find ourselves on a sidewalk or crossing a street, walking alongside or across moving vehicles.  So, everyone (not just the car-less, the power-walkers, or […]

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TIGER III Application Another connectivity strategy in the plan is implementing a high-frequency transit service connecting the urban corridor’s uptown and downtown areas.  An effective high-frequency transit service — or, a “circulator” — would siphon off some portion of the everyday car traffic, provide a dry/warm alternative for that portion of the downtown population that, […]

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The Urban Corridor Parking Plan

[Parking Plan Advisory Committee] Background and Issues Summary Parking may very well be the most fraught of all factors in building a successful downtown, having the most potential to harm or improve conditions based on whether you get it right, or mess it up.  Norwalk is undertaking a comprehensive downtown parking plan to try to […]

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There are many reasons why more bicycling in downtown could be positive for Norwalk.  Just as pedestrian counts are conducted and looked to as indicators or harbingers of economic activity, merchants in some cities increasingly see bicyclists as revenue targets and pitch to them.  Studies show that the same key demographics Norwalk needs to accommodate […]

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Connectivity Strategies

The Connectivity Initiative has developed 9 strategies for better connecting downtown. >> 1. District Parking For generations, many cities have provided parking for their downtowns as a way of facilitating commerce and providing amenity for their citizens.  Over time, the relationship between cities, parking, and urban economics has matured significantly, and been studied greatly.  One […]

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Demographics and Connectivity

As has been noted recently in The Hour, Norwalk has been losing population in the important economic demographic of young adults, and gaining in its senior population.  This is also a statewide problem, and, to a lesser extent, a national one.  But what the US and Connecticut are experiencing as a flu, Norwalk seems to […]

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Parking garages that are, um, NICE!!

It’s taken a long time, but it seems the urban design field has finally made peace with the parking garage.  Long treated like as a grudging necessity by architects who saved their creativity for the more “important” elements of a project, these days garages are beginning to pop up around the country (and the world) […]

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