Monday, December 13, 2010

Study Says Walkable Neighborhoods Have Happier People

One of the major themes that came out of the Quadrant meetings was a desire for walkable neighborhoods. A recent University of New Hampshire study points to some interesting benefits of living in a neighborhood that can be considered walkable. The researchers found residents in neighborhoods with higher Walk Score ratings reported being happier and healthier and and were more apt to volunteer and work on community projects. Click here for the story in USA Today.

In Manchester, we are fortunate in that we already have many neighborhoods that can be considered walkable. Go to to find out your neighborhood's "walkscore". (This blogger got a 65).

Thursday, December 2, 2010

What Should Broad Street Look Like?

Many who attended the 2020 Quadrant Meetings and Summit offered thoughts on the Broad Street area and on how a mixed-use development district should look. Here is a chance to offer some more input.

The Redevelopment Agency and Planning and Zoning Commission are currently in the process of developing new "form-based" zoning regulations for the redevelopment area, which regulate the design and layout of public and private spaces and buildings as well as the uses and activities allowed in the zone. Form-based codes are intended to allow flexibility in use, while ensuring development creates an attractive and unique place. The results of the survey will help guide the Agency, the PZC and the Town's consultants in formulating the new zoning regulations’ design standards.

Please take a moment to follow this link and complete a visual preference survey for the Broad Street Redevelopment Area. The survey is a fun, 15-20 minute exercise in which you will be asked to look at a series of photographs and rate each one based on whether it would be something that is desirable or undesirable for the Broad Street Redevelopment Area. Thanks for your participation and for passing this on to your Manchester friends and networks!