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What are your thoughts on this sketch of what Davis would look like with Elm St turned into a pedestrian-only area?

Deliveries could drive through during off peak hours. Buses would get a huge boost with the bus lane and better symmetry and turnarounds.

I'd especially like feedback on bikability. I didn't manage to fit bike lanes in anywhere, and we'd lose the door zone lane on Highland, but that'd be made up for by having a smaller slower intersection. Perhaps bikes could also share the bus lane? Would a 2-way cycletrack through the pedestrian area be too disruptive?

I'm also discussing it on twitter: https://twitter.com/skyqrose/status/867314846957801472

Date: 2017-05-25 12:43 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] pru
it makes our already pretty difficult to get to post office pretty isolated, to me. You can't really eliminate people needing to turn left from Highland at the Splat instead of proceeding onto Holland. And if they come up Day where can they go. Right now only right, so then what. And didn't that nice new grocery mart just go in at the social security building across from Diva?

Maybe it would work and maybe I just hate and fear change, but I would not love this alteration.

Date: 2017-05-25 11:03 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] pru
Where is there supposed to be parking on Summer? I think I missed that.

I would argue that any time I'm going to the PO, it's for either dropping off something bulky I can't drop off in the mailbox at my office, or picking up priority mailers. Personally I already hate that our PO is both close to the main square but on a one-way so it's quite tiresome to get to, but, I don't drive by any more on my regular route to work.

Also, Fresh Mart (finally remembered its name) location would make it very difficult for its delivery vehicles, which at the Porter Square Star are always jamming up Davenport St behind it. they have to deliver the food somewhere.

I have always loved finding walk-only areas when I have traveled, so I imagine this would be popular -- the logistics of moving the street directions would need to be carefully considered.

Date: 2017-05-26 05:37 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] ron_newman
it's bfresh. Fresh Market is a different chain (which isn't in our neighborhood).

Date: 2017-05-26 05:43 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] pru
true enough.


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