The Southeast Complete Streets Plan is a long range guide to improve the safety, livability and aesthetics of city streets while accomodating all transportation modes . The plan will serve as a complete streets educational document, a toolkit for neighborhoods to use to create their own complete streets designs, and a sustainable infrastructure improvement guide for Southeast Baltimore.
The following issues are addressed in the plan:
A draft of the plan can be downloaded here:
We encourage public comments and participation, and would like to hear your thoughts about the plan. Questions and comments should be directed to Mark R. Brown, City Planner II (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Thanks to everyone who attended our second Southeast Complete Streets workgroup session on January 10th. As this meeting was dedicated to parking issues, angle parking conversions, the Residential Parking Permit program, and Zipcar were discussed in detail. In summary:
Based on the comments we’ve received so far, BCDOT be identifying and narrowing down a selection of existing one-way streets for angle parking conversion within the next week. A map of our candidate streets will then be made available to the public for discussion and review by communities throughout southeast Baltimore.
Here are the base maps distributed during the workshop. If you have additional questions about the SE Complete Streets Plan contact Mark R. Brown (email@example.com) or Tia Waddy (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Thanks to everyone who attended our first workshop for the Southeast Baltimore Complete Streets Plan. Here is the powerpoint from the meeting.
One thing we didn’t get a chance to talk about last night is the concept of “shared spaces”. You saw a bit of this in the examples I showed from Broadway Ave. in NYC – delineations between pedestrian spaces and traffic lanes are minimized – sometimes these spaces are even merged together, encouraging street life while slowing down traffic. Examples of these designs can be found in the UK at:
A presentation about these concepts can be found here.
While not all of these concepts can be applied to Baltimore, I do want to encourage the workgroup to think creatively about how to encourage more street life. There are several retail corridors in our project area which could be good candidates for certain “shared space” design features.
Our next meeting is on January 10th – 6:30pm at the Highlandtown branch of the Enoch Pratt Library. This meeting will be dedicated to parking issues. In the mean time, please share last night’s presentation with your neighbors and community associations.
We’ve moved the Southeast Complete Streets posts from Posterous to the DOT’s Official Blog, Operation Orange Cone. You can read all of the current project posts at secompletestreets.orangeconeproject.com. Please direct all of your comments to this site.
Please tell your neighbors about this site so we can have more community input on the plan.
Neighborhood Design Center and the Butchers Hill community did a great job with the Butchers Hill Master Plan. I’m posting the link here because the transportation section shows some stormwater treatment ideas, bumpout/traffic calming designs and angle parking possibilities which may be applied to the entire southeast section of the city.