Saturday, March 17, 2012

Complete Streets good for business, another case study

Mountain View, California
In the late 1980s, the city resolved to turn downtown Castro Street into the heart of the city by redesigning it to include, among features, a flexible zone where sidewalk cafĂ© tables would replace parked cars in the summer. The city located a pedestrian-oriented civic jewel on Castro Street – a new city hall and performing arts center complex with an outdoor plaza.
• Drew $150 million in adjacent private investment
• Office-over-retail development
• Hundreds of attractive homes built at 47 units per acre
• Interspersed with pedestrian passages
• Today Castro street is a regional draw with bookstores, brew pubs, restaurants, and pedestrian friendly.
Barney Burke (retired), City of Mountain View, (650) 903-6454

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