Tour de Manchester: lessons learned from transformative projects in Manchester's downtown: Roundabout, Town Green, Depot Street redesign, and Riverwalk

APA Northern New England Chapter


Thursday, September 7, 2017
2 p.m. - 4 p.m. EDT

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The Tour de Manchester will highlight dramatic transformations in the heart of a historic downtown, all rooted in long-term planning goals, which sprouted when the times were right, and which were brought to fruition through engaged and determined community leadership.

Learn how the “marathon” strategy transformed an old auto dealership into a much-loved Town Green; how “Malfunction Junction” became a beautiful, functional roundabout that even the most ardent skeptics came to embrace. Building on that, we’ll then wander down the road to learn about more changes in the works to transform a three lane highway into a more walkable, bikeable Depot Street. Finally, we’ll witness the fruits of very recent volunteer efforts to create the “Riverwalk” – a calm and peaceful oasis along the West Branch of the famed Batten Kill in the midst of a highly developed commercial core.

Each is a discrete project unto itself, yet all are bound together in long-term community vision and planning.




David Raphael

David Raphael founded LandWorks in 1986 after ten years of professional work as a Landscape Architect and Planner for the public and private sector. He is a graduate, with honors, of Tufts University and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, where he studied English, ecology and ... Read More

Bill Laberge

Bill Laberge lives in Dorset, VT with his wife Lisa. He is CEO of Grassroots Solar, Inc., installers of residential and commercial solar and energy storage systems for Vermonters. He currently serves as President of the Manchester Riverwalk Association and is on the Board of Directors for Solarfest and Renewable ... Read More

Lee Krohn

Lee Krohn, AICP is a Senior Planner with the Chittenden County (VT) Regional Planning Commission. Prior to joining CCRPC, Lee served as Planning Director, among many other roles, for the Town of Manchester for over 24 years. He played key roles in the Roundabout and Town Green projects, and was ... Read More

Jim Donovan

Jim Donovan, FASLA, practices landscape architecture and planning through his firm, Broadreach Planning & Design in Charlotte, Vermont, USA. Jim has more than 25 years of experience, most focused on Vermont, in transportation planning, land use, site design, and community development with a strong focus on pedestrian and bicycle circulation, mobility ... Read More

Janet Hurley

Janet took charge of Planning and Zoning for the town of Manchester, Vermont, in December 2014. She served previously for the Vermont towns of Westford, Milton and South Burlington as a planner, but had a long and varied career as a biological researcher as well. Janet earned Bachelor of Arts ... Read More

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