Critique of MDOT’s Stadium Drive & Michigan Avenue Charrette
by Jim Ferner
I offer this critique of the Stadium Drive & Michigan Avenue charrette. I put this together from conversations with Dan Burden, Michigan transportation officials, and national transportation planners, engineers, and designers.
In order to…
- Promote an active lifestyle, reduce health care costs, and improve the public’s health
- Improve social equity, safety, accessibility, and convenience for all users
- Enhance the environment and counter the effects of climate change
- Make Kalamazoo a “cool city” – one that is attractive to knowledge-based businesses, good talent, and retains our graduates
What is a charrette?
A charrette is an intensive planning session where citizens, designers and others collaborate on a vision for development.
…the final charrette design held last fall was a start. For the first time in 60 years, our downtown streets have a chance to be reconfigured. However, all downtown streets need to be considered in a comprehensive plan to make them safe for all users. There needs to be a broad-based community forum that builds on the current plan and takes into consideration all downtown streets so that Kalamazoo can truly become a livable, sustainable city.
It will probably be another 60 years before we have the chance to do it again. Let’s use this opportunity to take our time and do it right.Read more