Comment 87470

By jason (registered) | Posted March 23, 2013 at 02:22:26 in reply to Comment 87468

Cannon is just begging for a 'Better Block' experiment like this:

http://betterblock.org/recap-of-final-sa...

Take the stretch of Cannon west of Ottawa where there are still somehow some retail shops - variety store, Ranko's Deli, Crash Landing, and an Italian grocery market whose name escapes me at the moment. Take the above example and create the bumpouts, trees, patio area and curb parking on both sides of Cannon, not just one side. Viola. Just like that, the street becomes a safe, complete street and these businesses suddenly gain a bunch of easy parking, space for patios out front, shade trees, flower gardens, safer traffic flow and all of this adds up to a recipe for success instead of having businesses hang on for dear life along a freeway until they owners finally retire.

Here's some real life examples of such streets:

http://media.oregonlive.com/portland_imp...

http://ericsteindler.com/files/2010/12/H...

http://www.52perfectdays.com/wp-content/...

http://www.yourroadmaptohome.com/blog/wp...

This should be our redesign all the way down Cannon, Main, King etc....

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