Stories from the Street
Friday, September 8, 2017
1:30 p.m. - 3 p.m. EDT
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Portland, ME. Explore the approaches to public engagement that the City of Portland and non-profit partners have incorporated into several recent planning initiatives. Projects include Portland’s new comprehensive plan and redesign of Congress Square, among others, large and small, that are transforming the city.
Integral to the success and outcome of these projects has been abundant and varied methods of participatory planning and public engagement.
|Nashua, NH. The Nashua River played a vital role in the historical development of Nashua. As times changed, the community’s connection to the downtown riverfront has waxed and waned. As Main Street and our downtown community are beginning to flourish again, the community wants to reconnect Main Street and our riverfront.
The City’s recent Master Planning process had a short timeframe and limited funds to reconnect the community to the waterfront. Check out how Nashua used a combination of new affordable digital techniques; combined with boots on the ground, to get the public engaged in creating its new Downtown Riverfront Master Plan.
|Strafford, NH. The Strafford Regional Planning Commission aimed to go above and beyond traditional stakeholder outreach when they undertook a recent regional transportation planning project. Integrating performance based planning principles into the project, SRPC staff uncovered under-appreciated intersections among transportation planning and other sectors.
Despite some obstacles and learning curves, the Partnering for Performance project has maintained engagement with stakeholders throughout various phases. Flexibility and a willingness to ‘return to the drawing board’ have been key to success
|Bethel, VT. In 2016, the Town of Bethel came together to give a faded downtown block an extreme makeover – all in a weekend. The Bethel Revitalization Initiative hosted Vermont’s first Better Block project, putting a rural twist on this popular tactical urbanism technique.
More than 60 volunteers built parklets and pop-up shops, created a temporary bike lane and downtown bus stop, cleaned out vacant buildings and painted over graffiti. Hundreds came out to experience what a vibrant, accessible downtown could feel like and to weigh in on the changes they liked best.
In the months since Bethel Better Block, the BRI has been working on making the most popular ideas permanent, from public art to traffic calming.
Rebecca Sanborn Stone
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