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Visualization of phasing of storefront facade improvements as design guidelines are implemented.

4. Upgrading the streetscape. The neighborhood should focus on incremental changes to public amenities such as sidewalks. This approach will create structural and aesthetic cohesion in the Square. We propose the following changes, as visualized in renderings A and B: 1. Larger sidewalk pavements with a distinct design, such as brick detailing. The additional sidewalk will be carved out of existing parking spaces. The new space could be used for trees as well as benches. This serves as both a pedestrian amenity and a tool for traffic calming. 2. Planted street trees and landscaping on the sidewalks and surrounding area for aesthetic appeal and reduction of the heat island effect. 3. Banners with a Cupples Square logo should be hung from the streetlamps to alert travelers that they are in Cupples Square. Distinctive street lights should also be considered.

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Lowell, MA neighborhood plan for the Lower Highlands  

In the Fall of 2009, a team of graduate students from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning p...

Lowell, MA neighborhood plan for the Lower Highlands  

In the Fall of 2009, a team of graduate students from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning p...

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