August 9: Urban Design Tour of Market and Hawley Streets

The Ward 3 Neighborhood Association invites you to attend an urban design tour of Market and Hawley Streets on the morning of Sunday, August 9. This is a good time to identify good and not-so-good urban design as the Zoning Revisions Committee ponders how to implement the Sustainable Northampton Plan.

Here are the tour details:

WHO: W3NA, Aaron Helfand of NDF, and interested citizens of Ward 3 and Northampton.

WHAT: A walking tour of Market and Hawley Street.

WHEN: Sunday, August 9th, 9 AM to 11:30 (really noon but leaving a little buffer)

WHERE: Meet at Paradise City Tavern. Bagels and Coffee provided.

WHY: Our goal is to better understand this transition zone between downtown and our neighborhoods. We will identify what we like, what works, what could be improved. We will also improve our architectural and urban design vocabulary while gaining an understanding of basic design and planning concepts. Bring your camera, your sketch pad, your imagination.

See also:

Video: Northampton Design Forum – Leeds, Baystate and Florence, 7/27/09

Video: Public Forum on Planning and Sustainability, 3/11/09

Download Envisioning Sustainable Northampton – Final Notre Dame Studio Presentation Book

Zoning Revisions Committee Seeks Input from Citizens

Video: Zoning Revisions Committee Meeting of 5/20/09
1:30:09-1:38:39… Discussion of design guidelines. Jim Nash: Neighborhood groups have anxiety about what infill will look like. Specifying design guidelines up front will ease the way for other regulatory changes. Residents will have more trust in the outcome. Let’s analyze mistakes from the past.

Our Ad in the May 6 Gazette: “How to Avoid Classic Infill Design Mistakes”

Knoxville Infill Housing Design Guidelines: Lessons from Experience

Portland Infill Design Strategies: Best Practices for Context-Sensitive Infill Design

Toronto Urban Design Guidelines: Infill Townhouses

Springfield Works on Infill Housing Design Guidelines; Residential Design Presentation by Dietz & Company

Our Guest Article at Northampton Redoubt: “The Kohl condo proposal and the Struggle Over the Meaning of Infill”

“Innovative Non-Zoning Approaches to Encourage Smart Growth and Protect Public Health” – Video with Wayne Feiden and Bruce Young
“And then finally, Wayne and I mentioned this earlier, design standards in architectural ordinances. We really need to think about how the infill happens. Because if we’re saying we want a house between two houses, and we can’t get the neighborhood to buy onto houses that are just not helping the neighborhood…” (Bruce Young, Northampton Land Use and Conservation Planner, 12/12/08)

Smart Growth vs. “Smart Growth”

Tailoring Infill and the New Urbanism to Northampton