A Network of Connecting Links: Transit, Infrastructure,  and Open Space

 

The combination of businenss growth and new housing is energizing neighborhoods while creating a rich network of regional destinations instead of isolated islands of activity. The traditional pattern of city streets allows tremendous freedom of movement, for pedestrians and bicycles as well as motorized vehicles. Sidewalks provide safe travel paths for children and a place for the private edge to meet the public street. Trails connect local and regional open space and also provide a non-street option for travel through the neighborhood.

Public infrastructure improvements and links to area open space systems are obviously important components, but the significance of improved transit connections cannot be overstated. The existing pattern of business, institutions, and housing, together with the proposed redevelopment strategies described in this document, will only survive and thrive with the support of a broad based, multi-modal system of transit options. Connections to this system must be accomplished through a variety of highly visible, fully accessible transit stops and transit stations, ramps, stairs, and elevators that are fully integrated with adjacent land use.

As this corridor continues to develop and evolve over time, transportation and land use must always be integrated. The creative interaction of multiple uses must address current challenges while maintaining the flexibility to adapt to future needs.