mark Vella



May, 2018

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Supported a comment by Ann Sussman on Envision Concord 4 years, 6 months ago
Ann Sussman
Concord needs to make safe walking + biking a priority; this means more sidewalks + bike lanes + lower speed limits throughout town (25 mph max). (Lexington, Arlington, Cambridge have already done this.) It shouldn't be so scary going from one side of town to the other on foot or bike! Concord needs to make sure its planning is around people and public physical + social health - not around cars (the driving concern in the 20th century) (Ask, what would Thoreau do?!) It needs to look what other communities have done to make their planning less car-centric (like Copenhagen!) Concord also need to do more 'evidence-based' design, copying prototypes that worked well in other communities both here and abroad, and importing them. It also needs to engage in post-occupancy evaluation of completed plans + developments; assessing how well a new project turned out so the town can learn from its best practices + avoid mistakes. This doesn't seem to happen much now and it shows; the quality of most recent new commercial and public buildings in town is lower than in the past. The future of design and planning will be data-driven with key metrics gleaned from measuring the positive or negative human experience of place; we need to get ready for that now!
Followed Envision Concord 4 years, 7 months ago
Commented on Envision Concord 4 years, 7 months ago
I think the Broadband infrastructure managed by Concord Light should be leveraged for community wifi/connectivity and a captive portal for both residents and visitors. As residents we could leverage a Concord social platform to be better informed and connected with regard the community, activities and events. For tourists, we can leverage the platform to gather information on our visitors an provides a "whats on in Concord" service and direct potential customers to local business and attractions.