Good Neighbors: Improving Downtown's Edges

Learning Approach: Problem Solving

| Sheraton New Orleans, Oak Alley | Posted: Sunday, 8:00-8:45 a.m.



Good Neighbors Improving Downtown Edges

What happens when Main Street abuts Elm Street or when The Strip encroaches on the commercial core? What happens when downtown needs to expand beyond its traditional borders? When customer parking spills over into a neighborhood? Or when a new higher density, mixed-use development along the commercial corridor backs onto an established single-family neighborhood? Hear about creative design and management solutions to promote positive interactions along Main Street's edges. Case studies will offer lessons learned from a range of communities across the country, including programs for residential edges in Dubuque, Iowa; mixed-use corridors in Galveston, Texas; incentive-based guidelines for residential edges and commercial corridors in downtown Memphis; and standards for neighborhood centers in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn creative design and management solutions to promote positive interactions along Main Street's edges.
  2. Understand tools for the program and how to develop them.
  3. Discover strategies for connecting downtown areas to sensitive residential neighborhoods.
  4. Discuss a range of approaches used in other communities.

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Nore Winter, Winter and Company

Noré Winter is an urban design and planning consultant with more than twenty-five years of experience nationwide. He specializes in services to communities with special amenities, distinctive settings and traditional neighborhoods who seek to protect their heritage. He has developed preservation plans and guidelines for historic and conservation districts across the country and has provided design review training for a wide range of locations. He is frequently a featured speaker at conferences and conventions. Mr. Winter is based in Boulder, Colorado. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Architecture from Tulane University and a Masters in Architecture and Urban Design from UCLA.

Abe Barge, Boulder Neighborhood Character Projects

Abe Barge, Senior Planner, was principal planner for the Boulder Neighborhood Character projects, and a bulk plane analysis and zoning update for Cherry Hills, Colorado. He also developed design standards and guidelines for Ann Arbor, Michigan and Galveston, Texas; developed a preservation plan for Tacoma, Washington, which includes strategies for neighborhood conservation districts. He is working on downtown design guidelines and sign code for Memphis and for Simsbury, Connecticut, and managing updates to the preservation plan as part of the Galveston Comprehensive Plan.

Laura Carstens, City of Dubuque - Planning Services Department

Laura Carstens, Planning Services Manager, has been with the City of Dubuque since 1989. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Studies from Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois, and a Master of Arts degree in Environmental Planning from the University of Illinois - Springfield. Previously, Carstens served as a Planner, and then Community Renewal Coordinator, for the City of Decatur, Illinois, and as Economic Development Director for the City of Maquoketa, Iowa. Carstens is a member of the American Planning Association (APA).