SDAT leader Jane Jenkins shares with the media some findings the team gathered during their time in Springfield
One of the experts assembled for a study of downtown Springfield’s future is recommending that some main downtown roads should be intentionally made more congested.
The idea is that reducing the number of traffic lanes would force cars to slow down, making the roads safer for pedestrians and making it more likely that drivers would notice downtown shops and restaurants and be tempted to stop and go inside.
That’s just one of the ideas that came out of the S-DAT process, but officials say the recommendations are just a starting point for future discussions.
They also say Springfield has a lot of very positive things, but there still needs to be improvement, according to SDAT.
The group of urban planners, architects and economists presented their findings to a group of Springfield residents Wednesday evening.
Some of the recommendations were to focus money and planning on the core of downtown Springfield with an emphasis on pedestrian and bike amenities. Team members also said that the city should work to extend the TIF district to encourage more investment in the downtown.
The team expects a much more thorough follow up document in the near future.