What do you get when you combine 2 “Downtown Visioning” workshops with several surveys?
I have no clue. But you and I can find out a week from Monday (July 21, 7:30 pm, Town Hall).
That’s when downtown consultants The RBA Group present a summary of ideas from those “Your Downtown” events. Over 2,900 residents completed surveys (“an unprecedented, large response rate for a survey of this nature,” a Downtown Steering Committee press release says). 170 people attended the workshops.
After RBA’s presentation, the Downtown Merchants Association and Youth Commission will share the results of their own, separate surveys. The WDMA asked over 100 merchants about employees’ commuting and parking practices, while the Youth Commission asked Staples students about their ideas for downtown. (Hmmmm…..)
“Charrette” planning sessions will take place in September. Then comes a final downtown master plan. And more meetings.
Whatever the outcome, you can’t say you weren’t asked to be involved.
(For more information, click on www.downtownwestportct.com.)