The Area 3 community voiced a desire for more pedestrian amenities, such as new sidewalks, street lights, bus shelters, crosswalks, bike lanes, and street trees. Despite the many benefits of such improvements, paying for them can be an expensive proposition. Governments must prioritize these types of improvements along with many other community needs such as fire and police protection.
For some residents, driving is not an option, but often transit service is not convenient between where people live and work. More transportation choices are needed, but again, the cost of providing those choices is often prohibitive.
Connecting Neighborhoods to Jobs and Other Destinations
One of the best ways to improve access to jobs and other destinations is to locate new, higher density housing near commercial centers. This mix of uses in close proximity provides some people with the possibility of walking or cycling to work, school or shopping. Locating higher density housing around commercial centers can also alleviate some of the concerns existing residents have about apartment buildings in the middle of their neighborhood. Concentrating commercial development and higher density housing in designated locations also improves the feasibility of future transit service.
Cities across the country are redeveloping existing buildings and vacant sites with a variety of uses to better align transportation investments and connect adjacent communities. Some of these include: Denver, Minneapolis, Charleston, Austin. Many of these redevelopment sites include a mix of two or more uses, such as:
- Clean industry
- Multi-family housing
- Single-family housing
- Wildlife habitats
While cars are certainly the primary mode of transportation for most people, there are many who cannot drive for various reasons and others who just prefer not to drive. We need to provide viable transportation choices for everyone. Area 3 has a good start with its network of streets and multiple transit routes, but we can do more.
Please contact Pam Glaser, Principal Planner, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 423-643-5911.