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Why are we here today? To float some ideas‌


Open House Summary

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The map

Favorite place: Washington Park - 32% Cherry Street (2nd to MLK) - 12% Tatnall – 18%

Where participants would spend money on improvements: Tatnall – 23% Cherry Street – 15% Appleton Bridge – 12% Forsyth / College – 11%

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Postcards from the future


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

“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!” // People of all ages are walking in the Corridor. Families have picnics in the park and play by the fountain. They dine at family-friendly restaurants and shop at the bookstores, toyshops, and grocery stores in the corridor. //

Some said “I told you so”

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. // The trees are beautiful and the sidewalks are so wide. It’s a grand

// 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. // To See Macon's corridor today with tree place to visit and a wonderful place to live.

Others got straight to the point

cover, people, a feeling of safety, good restaurants, shops, movie theatres, book stores, green grocery stores, clean and well lighted streets and sidewalks, bikeways...my

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I deas:: 5 Themes 1. The Basics: Clean, safe and branded 2. The V ibe: College Town Cool 3. The C onnection: Cooling the Streets 4. The L ook: Macon’s Urban Center 5. The E nvironment: A City within a Park


1. The Basics: C lean, Safe and Branded What are we talking about? Managing the basics of cleaning / maintenance / urban chores 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.


What can we do in the next year? • Expand the presence of bicycle police • Track police data: coordinate between Mercer and the City • Create an annual calendar of events • Design, purchase and distribute reusable College Hill Corridor Commission shopping bags • Student produced guide to College Town Cool


What should we work towards? • Create a living history website and map • Recycling and composting program • Pedestrian solar lighting / call boxes • Porch / yard LED lighting


2. The Vibe: C ollege Town C ool What are we talking about? Making sure that events, the arts and Mercer students become a recognizable feature and characteristic in the College Hill Corridor.

Why is it important? Events and the arts encourage activity. Students represent the best “early adopters� of all things new. It’s about a vibrant public space which is good for the community spirit and the local economy.


What can we do in the next year? • Start up service learning projects • Temporary / interactive art • Parties in the streets…


What can we do in the next year? • Scavenger hunt for incoming Mercer Students in downtown

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What can we do in the next year? • Race down the hill!


What should we work towards? • Mercer Bucks! • Create roving art galleries in businesses • Consider artist designed streetscape elements


• Create new murals and consider them as playful signage

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What should we work towards?

• Develop affordable arts space in the upper floors of mixed-use buildings

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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.

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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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Time to Connect

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College Town Network

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College Town Cool • Direct connection for pedestrians and bicyclists between Mercer and Downtown • Includes connections to Hilton Garden, Mercer Village, Tatnall Park, College/Forsyth, Forsyth Corridor, and downtown • Done by reclaiming asphalt • Improve infrastructure

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College Street – from Tatnall Square to Georgia College Street – from Tatnall Square to Georgia

• College Street Geometrics • Remove on-street parking and create separated bike lane with additional separation from travel lane • Observed minimal on-street parking during all times of the day _interface studio //

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Forsyth – from I-75 to College

• Remove left-turn lane and add additional landscaping • Small volume of left-turns can be accommodated in a combination lane

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Forsyth – College to Spring

• Remove left-turn lane and add additional landscaping • Small volume of left-turns can be accommodated in a combination lane

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Forsyth – Spring to Poplar

• Consistent cross section between Medical Center and downtown (Shared car/bike lane and parking on both sides) • Will slow traffic down and create a more friendly environment for possible retail • Need to improve the ped environment

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Medical Network


Learning Network


Exercise Network


If you build it, will they come? • 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) • BIKE MACON BIKE • Bike to Work Week • Increasing number of officers on bikes


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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 L ook: M acon’s Urban 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.


5. 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.


What can we do in the next year? • Tree plantings!

What should we work towards? • Living walls


Opportunities for change

What else should we work towards? • Filling the gaps


Let’s take a walk down the corridor‌

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Tattnall Square: A park with split personalities‌

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Pathways

Visibility and tree health _interface studio //

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Appleton bridge and the vacant laundry A new Appleton bridge

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Adventure playground, retail, office or housing, parking _interface studio //

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St. Joseph’s School

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Behind the Post Office A site in between.

Maybe other uses should be considered _interface studio // Land Strategies, Inc // Polis Studio LLC // Civic Economics A supermarket works but‌


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Preliminary Master Plan Recommendations