Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space

"A community’s physical form, rather than its land uses, is its most intrinsic and enduring characteristic." [Katz, EPA] This blog focuses on place and placemaking and all that makes it work--historic preservation, urban design, transportation, asset-based community development, arts & cultural development, commercial district revitalization, tourism & destination development, and quality of life advocacy--along with doses of civic engagement and good governance watchdogging.

Tuesday, July 07, 2020

Salt Lake City planning department mails notices to all households about participating in specific planning processes

This is an example, for an airport master planning process.

Granted this is an expense.  But people can't argue after a plan is released that they weren't informed, or didn't have an opportunity to participate.

Perhaps I should submit this recent blog entry, "Manhattan Institute misses the point about the value of light rail transit connections to airports | Utility and the network effect: the transit network as a platform."

(The MI report suggested having the light rail connection to the Salt Lake Airport was a waste.

The real issue is that the system is polycentric not monocentric, but I argue that major activity centers need to be served by a transit network to the extent possible, to make it more useful.

To increase intensity of use and ridership, the system needs to have more monocentric elements, especially at the core.)

I commented on a different plan, concerning mobility in the mountains and ski resorts (I think they should use Switzerland as an example, and have aerial gondola or train service; the UTA does provide special bus services to the major ski destinations during the season), and I was surprised to discover that at the end of that phase, I received a response, with a link to the plan, which included a list of the comments and their response.

In DC, I can think of two times where something like this happened, in all the times I submitted comments or testimony on various planning initiatives.

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