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  a vision for
the west main

                 The vision of the future of West main Street Corridor
                 emerged from the series of Community Meetings held
                 during the planning process. This vision was used
                 as the basis for the development of the Plan.

                 At the first meeting, a list of the strengths and weak-
                 nesses were identified.


                                                                           vision of the
                 Strengths                                                 future
                 Architectural character and building quality
                 Mix of businesses and residences                          West main street is...
                 Urban life style                                          Eclectic and interesting
                 The people                                                Residents living above the store and next to the store
                                                                           A strong sense of visual identity
                 Weaknesses                                                A dynamic place
                 Poor appearance                                           A pedestrian environment
                 Lack of a strong sense of identity/image                  Fun atmosphere
                 Crime                                                     Good restaurants (no fast food drive-through businesses)
                 Traffic and parking problems                              Dressed-up appearance
                 Lack of community participation                           A street (neighborhood) “on the edge”
This vision is composed of the following

Identifiable architectural character
and building quality
Diversity in architectural styles and colors
New structures complementing older buildings
Well-maintained buildings
                                                  Slower traffic and adequate parking
Mixed land use and zoning                         Adequate parking
A mix of business types                           Slow traffic
Strong residential presence among business uses   Safe transit for pedestrians
New users in vacant buildings
Outdoor uses of space by pedestrians including    Community pride
patios at restaurants
                                                  A sense of neighborhood community

Improved public spaces                            The city participating in the areas’ development
                                                  People involved in community activities
Clear of trash and litter
Slow traffic
                                                  Reduced crime
Trees and lighting improved
                                                  Reduced crime against businesses, residences and
Well maintained alleys                            persons
                                                                                                     west main street
Utility wires underground                         A feeling of safety                                  corridor plan

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