Michelle Touw



October, 2017

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Supported a comment by Tyler Spring on Envision Concord 2 years ago
Tyler Spring
Add a pedestrian bridge over the Assabet River connecting the Baker Ave business parks to West Concord Village. Our 2010 Master Plan recommended such a bridge. After reading GPI's feasibility study provided...
Supported a comment by Matthew Johnson on Envision Concord 2 years ago
Matthew Johnson
I just looked at the survey results, hoping to see the text responses that people submitted to the open-ended questions. There's only a summary of most used keywords. Is the raw data available anywhere? Sometimes the best insights are in those comments.
Supported a comment by Matthew Johnson on Envision Concord 2 years ago
Matthew Johnson
The "Existing Conditions" presentation that Civic Moxie made at the workshop claimed that Concord's population had grown by 13.4% since 2000. That didn't sound right to me, so I got the town census data from the Town Clerk. It shows Concord's population of 15,537 in 2000 growing to 15,987 in 2016. That's 450 people, or 2.9%, over 16 years. I think it's very important to correct this error, which could mislead readers into thinking that Concord's a fast-growing town, when its population has actually been very stable for the past few decades. (In 1990, the population was 15,424.) I'm not certain, but my guess is that the error came from using US Census data, which counts the MCI Concord prison population. That may have increased substantially as a result of the prison changing from an intake facility to a residential site.
Commented on Envision Concord 2 years ago
Neither is realistic. It's an 'old' village center, like in many a European village. More people biking in via the BFRT will maybe help reduce the # of cars. Once at the village, people can walk their bikes to the local shops. The # of parking spots has already been reduced to a minimum. The latest project between Concord Teacakes & Twin Seafood is bring an outdoor eating area & more plantings, very welcoming. Now for there to be a walk path/ stairway LINK between that area & the Harvey Wheeler Center which will help get people to park a bit away.... :-)
Supported a comment by Kevin Neijstrom on Envision Concord 2 years ago
Kevin Neijstrom
Bring a beach area back to Warner's Pond. Current water access is not terribly appealing or usable. Long ago there was a beach here and it was much more frequented.
Commented on Envision Concord 2 years ago
Cars coming up Pine should continue to not have stop sign as the hill is so steep. Upland already has stop signs, it is people coming up Pine who get confused and sometimes stop that create a hazard. Is there such a thing as a Do NOT Stop sign?