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Why are we here?

The College Hill Corridor is

historic and unique but also a missing link. The Master Plan is an effort to help the College Hill Corridor Commission, City, University, neighborhood groups, and other stakeholders: • create an urban design framework to guide future growth within the area, • calm traffic and encourage alternative modes of transportation, • respect and honor the past, • improve open space, • add vitality and interest, • engage the public, and • build excitement about the University, downtown, and Macon as a whole. •

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makes

“The historic area

Macon’s identity.”

[quote from

interview]

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C ollege Hill C orridor began as a weave of location, topography and landscape.

Co l l e g e St r e e t

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College Hill by the numbers…

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Land Use

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Employers by Size

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Tree Coverage

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Accident History (2004-2008)

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There’s room for change…

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turning the corner.” [quote from interview]

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and there are incredible assets.

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Public Outreach

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Public Outreach

We walked‌

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Public Outreach

We biked‌

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The map

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Public Outreach

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Postcards from the future


We received some great responses, many cards were about activities…

Some said “I told you so”

Others got straight to the point

“This

is a dream come true! I can now walk to the grocery, the bakery, the library, the theatre, to dinner at a restaurant, or to shop. Come to visit me so that I can show you!” //

To everyone who moved away—you should see us now. Cobblestone streets, walking trails, no more cars, bikes everywhere, College Hill is full of life—an artist’s haven and an atmosphere of creative energy. Took some pictures. Did some peace signs. Sat in the park. Got some groceries. Finished with a double jack and ginger. Then took the jetpack home. my heart is full.“


Public Outreach

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I deas:: 5 Themes 1. The Basics: Clean, safe and branded 2. The Vibe: College Town Cool 3. The C onnection: Cooling the Streets •The Environment: A City within a Park •The L ook: Macon’s Urban & Historic Center

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1. The Basics: C lean, Safe and Branded What are we talking about? Managing the basics of cleaning & maintenance. Improving safety on all streets. Communication, marketing and branding. Recognize College Hill Corridor’s best assets and flaunt them.

Why is it important? First (and second) impressions make a difference. Changing perceptions changes the area’s potential.


A sampling of strategies… • • • •

Create a local recycling program Create an annual calendar of events Develop a coordinated signage system Expand the presence of bicycle police

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• Expand lighting and upgrade to LED

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2. The Vibe: C ollege Town C ool What are we talking about? Events, the arts and encouraging Mercer students to step off campus.

Why is it important? Events and the arts encourage activity. It’s about a vibrant public space which is good for the community spirit and the local economy.


Encourage students off campus… • Encourage more service learning projects • Scavenger hunt for incoming Mercer Students in downtown

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Keep programming fun events‌ • Race down the hill!


Build on local talent • Put artists to work

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• Create new murals and consider them as playful signage

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• Create new murals and consider them as playful signage

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• Encourage temporary uses for vacant storefronts

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• Encourage temporary uses for vacant storefronts

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3. The C onnection: C ooling the Streets What are we talking about? Improving the environment for walking and biking. Reducing congestion.

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Why is it important? Healthy cities have excellent transportation choices. To get more people to walk or bike, we need to re-balance the design of the streets.

an attitude, a suburban mentality.�

“There is

[quote from interview]


Cooling the Streets • • • •

Slow traffic down Create a bicycle community Make it easy and fun to walk Create a blueprint for a sustainable transportation future

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College Town Network

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Medical Network


Learning Network


Bicycling • Educating People on Bike Riding (Training classes at school, bike training seminars) • Getting more students to ride (expanding bike share program, trade bikes for cars, retail discounts to bike riders) • Providing infrastructure and making a statement

Shared lane or “sharrow”

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College Street Tatnall Square to Forsyth

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College Street Tatnall Square to Forsyth

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College Street Tatnall Square to Forsyth

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College Street Tatnall Square to Forsyth

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Appleton Bridge

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Appleton Bridge

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College Street North of Georgia

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College Street North of Georgia

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Pedestrians • Improve the sidewalks • Bury the utilities Sidewalk Improvement Priority Blocks

Sidewalk map

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Washington Avenue

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Washington Avenue

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Intersections

College & Washington

College & Georgia

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Intersections

College & Washington

College & Georgia

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Its not easy being green • Market and promote the dollars and sense of auto use reduction on the family and the environment • Introducing car sharing to Macon • College Hill Mobility Manager • Safe Route to School • Student Run Pedicab business • Enhance transit

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4. The Environment: A C ity within a Park What are we talking about? Improving park space and reducing our impact on the environment. This means everything from tree planting to recycling.

Why is it important? College Street was built to provide a green model for the region. Let’s get back to history.


Restore the urban forest. • Tree plantings!

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Restore the urban forest. • Tree plantings!

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Tree Planting

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• Living walls • Raingardens


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Woodland glade / meadow Improved pathways Re-designed parking New entry plaza Raingarden buffer

Sidewalks!

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Tattnall Square: Oglethorpe & College

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Tattnall Square: Oglethorpe & College

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College Street at Tattnall Square

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College Street at Tattnall Square

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Daisy Park

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Daisy Park

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Daisy Park

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Magnolia Street

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Magnolia Street

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Washington Avenue

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Washington Avenue

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Exercise Network

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5. The L ook: M acon’s Urban & Historic C enter What are we talking about? Filling the gaps and creating a vibrant and active link between Mercer and Downtown.

Why is it important? Macon’s identity is formed by its people and the quality of the built environment. Let’s encourage people to inhabit the streets, meet their neighbors and discover the Corridor.


• Market small spaces to small businesses • Build Green


Opportunities for change

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Mercer Village

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Mercer Village

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Mercer Village

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Mercer Village

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College Street

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3 floors 183 student beds

+ 1 rehabilitation Approx 20 student beds

+ Open space and potential shared parking

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Forsyth & College

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Forsyth Street West of College Street

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Forsyth Street West of College Street

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College and Forsyth “There is a lack of entrances to the corridor, there is

no sense of arrival.� [quote from interview]

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College and Forsyth “There is a lack of entrances to the corridor, there is

no sense of arrival.� [quote from interview]

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College and Forsyth “There is a lack of entrances to the corridor, there is

no sense of arrival.� [quote from interview]

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Former supermarket

Post Office

Existing parking lot

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Housing overlooking Washington Park, new supermarket on Hardeman

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ousing overlooking Washington Park, mixed use on Hardeman

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Your turn to talk

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Draft Master Plan Presentation  

Draft recommendations for the College Hill Corridor Master Plan as presented January 21, 2009 at Newton Chapel.

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