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Stumpf 2006 Apa

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Presentation to the American Planning Association on "breaking the rules" of downtown revitalization.

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Stumpf 2006 Apa

  1. 1. The Great Downtown Enabling Revitalization by Breaking the Rules
  2. 2. Does planning create great places or homogenous places?
  3. 3. Unique Engaging Exciting Inviting Unexpected Active Vibrant
  4. 4. Economics and Aesthetics: Not always opposed to each other
  5. 5. Industrial Arts Jerome, AZ Estes Park, CO Are activities such as glass blowing or ornamental iron work an industrial use?
  6. 6. Where do we place the city’s anchors? Aberdeen, SD Beloit, KS Kearney, NE
  7. 7. The bad side of public spaces Jamestown, ND Cincinnati, OH Large public buildings can suck the life out of the street, even when designed by a famous architect.
  8. 8. Some uses simply do not belong downtown Hattiesburg, MS
  9. 9. Pocket Parks Russell, KS Rock Springs, WY
  10. 10. Automobile Sales and Repair Where do you go when your car is being fixed? Top: Trinidad, CO Bottom: Mandan, SD
  11. 11. Why are we so quick to take down gas stations? Ogallala, NE Salida, CO Hays, KS
  12. 12. Are balconies a public nuisance? Albuquerque, NM Top: Durango, CO Bottom: New Orleans, LA
  13. 13. Uniform setbacks were never universal Mineral Point, WI
  14. 14. Façade Materials No metal buildings. Jackson, MS Hot Springs, SD Right: Alliance, NE
  15. 15. Too many colors? Too bold? Buena Vista, CO Tucson, AZ
  16. 16. Encroachment on Public Property Santa Fe, NM Baraboo, WI
  17. 17. Projecting, Pole, and Rooftop Signs We have created exceptions for ‘historic’ signs because they have become iconic. Will anybody ever describe the signs we allow today as iconic? Tucson, AZ Salina, KS Williston, ND
  18. 18. Neon and Moving Signs Salida, CO Jackson, WY Ocean Springs, MS
  19. 19. ‘ A’ Frame Signs and Menu Boards Idaho Falls, ID Buena Vista, CO
  20. 20. Dangling Things: Pennants, Wind Socks, Flags, Etc. Silverton, CO Georgetown, CO Santa Fe, NM
  21. 21. Street Banners Manhattan, KS Aberdeen, SD Often the bane of transportation departments, suspended banners can help to create a festive environment and inform the public of upcoming events.
  22. 22. Advertising on Public Property Russell, KS Hot Springs, SD Top: Ocean Springs, MS Bottom: Marshfield, WI
  23. 23. Outdoor Merchandise Displays San Francisco, CA Toronto, ON Placing merchandise on the sidewalk blurs the line between public and private space. It encourages people to take their time, stroll, view the merchants’ wares, and enter the shops.
  24. 24. Street Vending Madison, WI New Orleans, LA
  25. 25. Narrow streets are not all that bad Downieville, CA Bay St. Louis, MS An American woonerf?
  26. 26. You can make any wide street narrow Palmyra, WI
  27. 27. Do roads really need to follow a straight path? A jog in the road can create visual interest and slow traffic, which is as good for business as it is for pedestrians. Trinidad, CO Columbia, MS
  28. 28. Obstacles can be intriguing Mazomanie, WI Cincinnati, OH
  29. 29. How much light do we really need? Too little? Too Much? Carmel, CA Chicago, IL
  30. 30. Is angled parking all that bad? Buena Vista, CO Columbia, MS
  31. 31. Bypassing Downtown Chadron, NE Hazen, ND We are often told that bypasses divert truck traffic which only detracts from the experience of visiting downtown. In reality, it diverts much more.
  32. 32. Streets – One Way Parallels When does the width of the right-of-way and the volume of traffic justify removing half of the potential customers from in front of a downtown’s businesses? Toronto, ON Jackson, MS
  33. 33. Redevelopment – Large or Small Scale? Delafield, WI
  34. 34. Process Easy  Cheap  Quick  Necessary
  35. 35. <ul><li>Michael Stumpf, AICP, CEcD </li></ul><ul><li>R.A. Smith & Associates, Brookfield, WI </li></ul><ul><li>www.rasmith.com </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>(262) 317-3202 </li></ul>

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