Community Connectivity meets place-making. This is Ryan Gravel's 1999 grad school thesis gone wild! I heard about him and his plan a few years after originating the Smart Growth District - Indianapolis in 2008. In the Smart Growth District plan community advocates and champions sought in an original action item to link 2.2 miles of an abandoned Indianapolis beltline rail way to the popular Monon Greenway Trail. This Indianapolis effort originally sought, in microcosm, what Atlanta's Beltline became. I was pleased to meet Ryan Gravel this summer at an Urban Land Institute (ULI) event in Lexington, KY. It was a joy. Check this out to see what happens when folks rally behind an urban planner / architect with a good idea as described in this TED talk.
Next City notes: "Their draft Downtown Mobility Plan outlines a network laden with protected bike lanes, pedestrian greenways, curb bulb-outs, road diets and more. If the plan can make it from concept to construction, it will remake the city core for biking and walking."
How about this for a dose of Community Connectivity: the mobility plan specifically calls out the importance of creating a connected network: “Implementing the network as a whole, rather than individual segments, will improve the effectiveness of the cycleways and establish a well-connected grid of north south and east west protected bicycle facilities that can improve the safety and comfort for cyclists in Downtown.”
Tomorrow the following folks present options for Southern Indiana's transit paradigm. One of those folks (Christopher Harrell) will be presenting our "Core" concept - creation of a Community Connectivity Initiative linking urban core neighborhoods across Jeffersonville, Clarksville, and New Albany between each other and with Louisville, KY. Urban pathways with proven return on investment (ROI) resulting from quality bicycle, pedestrian, and green infrastructure investment. Hope you can come out and discuss the possibilities - and what this would mean for our community!