Jill Walton: Downtown Design

Posted: 07/30/2021 10:39:53 AM The large sidewalks are a unique feature of Northampton town center. It allows many people to pass i...


Posted: 07/30/2021 10:39:53 AM

The large sidewalks are a unique feature of Northampton town center. It allows many people to pass in both directions without bumping into each other. It also leaves room for window shopping and a chat with people you meet.

As a long time resident, I know there are four lanes on Main Street, as Randy Sailor mentioned, but visitors don’t know. The lanes must be marked accordingly.

Does anyone remember that this is Route 9… a main artery of travel through our city? It is not a park.

Delivery trucks now park in the middle of the Main Street median to do their jobs while staying out of the traffic lanes. What is their new alternative?

I like shopping in the city center, but parking in the garage every time we want to buy a book at Beyond Words or eat at Fitzwilly and other restaurants is impractical. Even people without disabilities don’t want to walk everywhere.

Having less parking on Main Street is a big no in my book. Corner parking will keep more space on Main Street when stopping and will not stop traffic like parallel parking does. The drivers will always let you back down because they want your space. They don’t want extra walking either.

New England seasons are short. Any additional green space would be unused during inclement weather and winter months.

My suggestion is to repave the road, add lane lines, flashing pedestrian lights, several new trees and benches and save the city a lot of money.

Jill walton

Northampton



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