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11 945 - Springfield Studio
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MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning Spring 2003 11 945 Springfield Studio Team 1 Traffic Pedestrian Activity Transit In your tour of the District keep the following questions in mind and please add your own Traffic 1 2 3 4 5 6 How fast is vehicular traffic on the streets of the District What percentage of the traffic appears to be through traffic as opposed to local traffic to local destinations Is there adequate parking along the street Are the spaces metered or regulated in some way Is there a time limit for non metered spaces What is it Do you see meter maids or police monitoring parking Pedestrian Activity 7 Do you feel comfortable as a pedestrian in the District 8 Are crosswalks clearly marked Are there pedestrian crossing lights 9 Are there benches and other places for pedestrians to rest 10 Are there buildings storefronts activities that give interest to the pedestrian experience 11 Are the sidewalks wide enough for a walk with a friend 12 If you were in a wheelchair or pushing a stroller could you navigate from one block to another Transit 13 14 15 16 17 General 18 19 20 21 22 23 How far are bus and train lines from the core of the District Are transit stops clearly labeled Are there shelters for bus stops Benches What are the pedestrian connections to bus and transit stops Is there commercial activity in or connected to the bus and transit stops Define the core of the District Why is this the core What do you perceive as the two or three greatest challenges facing the District Define the image of the District in 2 3 sentences What elements of the District create this image If you could only do one thing to improve the physical quality of the District what would it be How could the commercial aspect of the District be improved What connections do you see between economic development and the physical characteristics of the District MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning Spring 2003 11 945 Springfield Studio Team 2 Commercial Activity In your tour of the District keep the following questions in mind and please add your own Level of Commercial Activity 1 As you walk down the street does commercial area appear vibrant 2 Are storefronts occupied How many vacant spaces are there 3 Does there appear to be enough parking for the commercial establishments 4 What is your impression of storefronts and displays in the District Business Mix 5 What percentage of activity is retail convenience vs comparison Service 6 What concentrations of the same or related businesses exist 7 What and where are the anchor or destination businesses that bring many people 8 Is the district divided spatially by type of uses or businesses 9 From your observations how would you describe the market clientele for this District 10 How would you describe the District s economic role Development Opportunities 11 Are there vacant or underutilized sites in the District 12 What would you propose for these sites 13 Are their undesirable or problematic uses in the District 14 What is the typical size of retail stores What range of sizes exist Pedestrian Activity 15 Do you feel comfortable as a pedestrian in the District 16 Are the District and commercial activities visually interesting General 17 18 19 20 21 22 Define the core of the District Why is this the core What do you perceive as the two or three greatest challenges facing the District Define the image of the District in 2 3 sentences What elements of the District create this image If you could only do one thing to improve the physical quality of the District what would it be How could the commercial aspect of the District be improved What connections do you see between economic development and the physical characteristics of the District MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning Spring 2003 11 945 Springfield Studio Team 3 Architecture Urban Design In your tour of the District keep the following questions in mind and please add your own Architectural Styles and Quality Condition of Buildings 1 What are the predominant building materials 2 Do the buildings appear to be of a consistent style or are they varied 3 In general what is the condition of the buildings Land Uses 4 Does it look as though people live and work in the District 5 What percentage of activity appears to be retail convenience or comparison Service Vacant 6 Does there appear to be enough parking for the commercial establishments 7 Are there any parks in the District What is their condition 8 How are the open space parks and vacant lots used Streetscape Street Furniture Signage 9 What is the condition of the sidewalks Are they wide enough to comfortably walk with a friend 10 Are there places to sit Are there bike racks 11 Describe the kinds of signage in the District What works well what doesn t 12 Are there streetlights in the District How far apart are they spaced How high Vacant Lots and Buildings 13 Can you propose uses for any vacant lots perfect place for a small park Commercial development Community garden 14 Where are the vacant buildings in the District What is there condition General 15 16 17 18 19 20 Define the core of the District Why is this the core What do you perceive as the two or three greatest challenges facing the District Define the image of the District in 2 3 sentences What elements of the District create this image If you could only do one thing to improve the physical quality of the District what would it be How could the commercial aspect of the District be improved What connections do you see between economic development and the physical characteristics of the District MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning Spring 2003 11 439 Revitalizing Urban Main Streets Team 4 District Image Clues People In your tour of the District keep the following questions in mind and please add your own District Image Clues 1 What is your initial impression of the District 2 What contributes to this impression 3 Define the image of the District in 2 3 sentences What elements of the District create this image Please prepare a photo narrative for this question 4 How does this image compare to the surrounding areas 5 How would you describe the District s economic role People 6 General 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 Describe the people who live work shop here If you could only do one thing to improve the physical quality of the District what would it be How could the commercial aspect of the District be improved Define the core of the District Why is this the core What do you


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