What You Said! at What's Next for Downtown Lynn? on May 23, 2013

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Check out what participants at the May 23, 2013 Open House and Public Forum had to say about What's Next for Downtown Lynn. This presentation is a virtual representation of comments made during the open house/poster gallery portion of the evening. The audience participation presentation made by Manisha Bewtra, with keypad polling questions and responses, is in a separate document.

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What You Said! at What's Next for Downtown Lynn? on May 23, 2013

  1. 1. What You Said! Check out what participants at the May 23, 2013 Forum had to say about What’s Next for Downtown Lynn. Photo by James K. Lindley
  2. 2. Were you there? This document is a virtual representation of comments This document does NOT represent MAPC’s views made at the May 23, 2013 Open House and shortly but it will inform our findings. Event photos by James K. after. Comments were collected in quotes, on brown paper, Lindley and Jenn Erickson. For interactive polling results on Post-its, and with dots. and other info, please visit www.mapc.org/ downtownlynn. Photo by James K. Lindley
  3. 3. How did you hear about this event? Please place a sticker on all that apply! Facebook or LinkedIn Blog or website Email or e-newsletter Saw a flyer Word of Mouth Other
  4. 4. Lynn is a diverse community with a lot to offer. Build on the vision!
  5. 5. A diverse community Photo by James K. Lindley
  6. 6. “One thing I like about Lynn is that it’s definitely a diverse city.” - Walnut-da Lyrical Geni Photo by James K. Lindley
  7. 7. Photo by James K. Lindley
  8. 8. What surprises you about this data? The 18-25 yearold dropoff is very surprising. How quickly the economic factors improve beyond Lynn’s borders I agree I LOVE THIS STATEMENT! Race or income doesn’t matter if it is done right for all people. - K How few residents have a Bachelor’s degree Not all Latinos are counted what about Guatemalans Doing it right means thinking about race, income, privilege, and the structures that disproportionately affect some more than others. I agree – race matters “black” “white” barely captures all the cultures/races, here Very interesting I know Lynn is coming back and will be a thriving business and residential community as it once was! I want to be an active participant in making this dream a reality  Debbie Plunkett Candidate for Ward One Councilor 978818-3334 ¡Muy buena información! What do you know that the numbers don’t say? Some punctuation and language was changed for clarity. In this example, most participants wrote directly on the brown paper, so the yellow and green do not signify before and after as in other examples.
  9. 9. “I’ve lived in Lynn for two years. I didn’t know what the city was all about when I came here, but now I love it here. I’m originally from the south, and so I’m used to a lot of diversity. Here, there’s just a great mix of people. I didn’t find that in Boston. I felt Boston was more segregated than the south when I first got here.” Photo by Jenn Erickson, MAPC – Jon Feinberg, formerly of Boston and Atlanta
  10. 10. “I want to see Downtown Lynn bridge the divide among various racial and ethnic groups. The barriers are astounding. Knowing the data of who lives here feels empowering and compelling!” – Sarah Jackson, Downtown resident and business owner Photo by James K. Lindley
  11. 11. Photo by James K. Lindley With a lot to offer!
  12. 12. “The people of Lynn are very friendly.” – Jolene Kelly Photo by Jenn Erickson, MAPC
  13. 13. “We’ve lived here 10 years. I own a house in Lynn. I know there are a lot of good restaurants, but I didn’t even know we had a museum down here.” – Justine Celestin Photo by Jenn Erickson, MAPC
  14. 14. Photo by James K. Lindley
  15. 15. “WalkScore needs bicycle data. People love to ride the wooded corridor from Salem Woods through Spring Pond Woods to Lynn Woods.” - Katerina Panagiotakis Photo by James K. Lindley
  16. 16. Participants added points to the assets map and placed dots next to the photos to show their enthusiasm for some of the places selected. 22 23 25 24 23 26 31 18 27 17 32 21 19 20
  17. 17. Photo by James K. Lindley
  18. 18. Photo by James K. Lindley
  19. 19. “This area is awesome, yet we have this issue where people don’t go downtown. Some folks in other parts of Lynn don’t feel like they have a reason to come downtown. We need more business down here, and more variety.” – Walnut-da Lyrical Geni Photo by Jenn Erickson, MAPC
  20. 20. What other existing amenities would you add? 17. Union/ Community Hall 18. North Shore Community College 19. Operation Bootstrap (agree) 23. Lynn Public Library 29. Shopping mall with restaurants & brand clothes, shoes 24. RAW Arts Gallery 30. A zoo more Lynn Haunted House, Andrew Alborn is scary Upright Youth Zone Mission 20. Cupcake shop and dog bistro 25. Pho Minh Ky 26. The Daily Item Itemlive.com Union St. Christian Science Church Lynn Shore Dr. 21. GAR Building Yes!! 27. J.B. Blood Your local news! 31. Union Street Shops and Restaurants 32. Salon Lynn Shore Reservation Main Church Revitalize beach! Kids zone just for kids Pelican Beach Pub Water Park for Kids Sand Bar Beach Bar Lynn’s food shop 22. Post Office 28. Lynnhappens.com Please look at the Lynn Historical Resources Map as well. Thanks - K Flex shared office space Health – is it possible to bring more specialists to Lynn? Parking lots More organized activities on Lynn Common!
  21. 21. “I came to the Open House because my son lives here, and the community has always been very helpful to us. It’s great that Lynn has good public transportation and health services.” – Leonardo Albornoz, via Spanish-language interpreter Photo by Jenn Erickson, MAPC
  22. 22. Meeting new neighbors in hallways of our lofts Yes Yes Yes Yes! Studying English at night Downtown Lynnway Hardware stores  Beden? = gone Stationery stores  Arnold Belkin = gone Department stores = gone Arts After Hours Musicals!! Constantly seeing friendly & familiar faces while out & about! Great community. Walkscore needs bicycle data. People love to ride the wooded corridor from Salem Woods through Spring Pond Woods to Lynn Woods. Also need bike trails to the sea & downtown. - K Just love the great architecture and arts “vibe.” Market Tell us about places, or share a story about a memorable encounter you had in Downtown Lynn! YES LOVE MY NEIGHBORS! Movies & events @ LynnArts Help Broad St. w/ commercial traffic. Rotary to draw approach into downtown via Market St. - K My parents (age 70) share memories of downtown! 4 movie theatres, tons of shops, restaurants! Walking the downtown streets until midnight safely! I have been in Lynn my whole life and it’s a fabulous city. We just need to work together as a community and restore our downtown! Love the diverse cuisine YES Broad Join me in making this happen and ourselves and our kids candidate Debbie Plunkett, Ward One Councilor Some punctuation and language was changed for clarity. In this example, red text is used for illustrations and to indicate when it appeared as though more than one participant commented on the same item.
  23. 23. “Lynn is the first place in 25 years where I’ve felt like I lived in a neighborhood.” - Jolene Kelly, Owner of Cakes by NeeNee formerly of Arizona and 3-year resident of Downtown Lynn Photo by Jenn Erickson, MAPC
  24. 24. “My parents, who are in their 70s, share memories of Downtown! Four movie theaters, tons of shops, restaurants, and walking the downtown streets until midnight!” - Debbie Plunkett, candidate for Lynn Ward One City Councilor Photo by James K. Lindley
  25. 25. Build on the Vision! Photo by James K. Lindley
  26. 26. “I’ve been a resident for three years, and already I’m seeing a renewal and changes in Lynn. It has gotten a lot cleaner Downtown. One the things I’m seeing is that people are coming here from the outside. Long-term residents always say that nothing ever changes, but new residents are creating a grassroots environment.” - Jolene Kelly, Downtown resident and owner of Cakes by NeeNee Photo by Jenn Erickson, MAPC
  27. 27. Photo by James K. Lindley
  28. 28. What does Downtown need, and where? No skyscrapers Please fire Sasaki. Their designs in Lynn have been noncontextual or friendly to Lynn. -K DISAGREE – I think the Sasaki plans are brilliant! It is the kind of thinking Lynn needs. Special financing & leasing for people who want to open a storefront! transport connection Do not raise buildings high near waterfront blocking rest of city views. •••• •••• •••• •••••••• nodes •••• mix residential/ commercial/ work greenbelt around cities 1. Suffolk Courtuncontextual to neighborhood, color choices for same material too ‘Disney’ -K 7. VNA-need retail on ground floor this is at a pivotal point: gateway through downtown, grand street to city hall at center of mass transportation system. Needs perception of lively hood for commerce, art and intelligence at gateway - K 5. K - Lynn Auditoriumentry doorway appearance revisit, used to have banners flags on windows, needs warm welcoming 2. Gateway residence design on Washingtonnon-contextual design, too ‘Cambridge style’ lower buildings please and to make: pedestrian friendly. tie into Diamond District better, not block view of others, parking, massing too much, too connected & institutional looking, too much vertical in massing/ bad proportion, dislike colors - Katerina Permitting is not restrictive enough to open for public process and hearings, as typical in other towns. -K Ditto, special support for people who want to open storefront businesses. Please do not only listen to developers. But open pre-permit process to help developers understand community. – K More restaurants Streets cleaner Waterfront industry: wind farming, vertical crop farming, utilize clean air & prevailing winds for energy. Make Lynn “Green City” Jobs! Jobs! Jobs! Existing business on Washington St. not recognized by plan. Redesign & update downtown RR bridge! Also special efforts to attract Waterfront needs strong businesses to be open air. and to fill unused buildings. Keep waterfront industrial/ entertainment mix. We need avenue. More residential here will draw crowds away from existing homes in Lynn. Keep similar to South Boston/ Salem Willows.
  29. 29. “We need something for folks to feel like they can get involved with.” – Walnut-da Lyrical Geni Photo by James K. Lindley
  30. 30. “It would be great if Lynn had more doctors and specialists so that older residents wouldn’t have to go all the way in to Boston for care.” – Leonardo Albornoz, via Spanish-language interpreter Photo by Jenn Erickson, MAPC
  31. 31. “I want more skateparks in Downtown Lynn.” – Woodson Mezidor, age 11 Photo by James K. Lindley
  32. 32. I’d like to see a mall here.” – Roberto Celestin, Jr., age 12 Photo by James K. Lindley
  33. 33. Any inspiration from other places? Theater and acting class ~ Fix storefronts & buildings City ordinances enforced for residents & businesses to keep things clean & kept up Waterfront dining! Urban scene!! Photos were found on these websites, clockwise from upper left: 1. Not available 2. http://www.terrain.org/unsprawl/20/ 3. http://waterbuffalomilwaukee.com/ 4. http://mindshapedbox.files.wordpress.com/2011/03/2513910758_017243e4e6_z.jpg 5. http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Blind_musicians_-_Mexico_City_downtown.jpg 6. http://www.panoramio.com/photo/41522783 7. Not available 8. http://yarnchic40.wordpress.com/2011/06/20/photography-old-market-omaha/ That looks ok Outside dining Beautification More green space | ditto! Yes! Yes! Community arts !!! Some punctuation and language was changed for clarity. In this example, red text is used to indicate when it appeared as though more than one participant commented on the same item.
  34. 34. Photo by James K. Lindley
  35. 35. More people More cleaning  Yes! Yes! Littering is a problem!!! Free off-street parking for residents to reduce traffic and provide parking for businesses Density & disposable income Security •Less crime •Less gang activity •More community volunteer opportunities •Better schools! & JOBS Career training I would like to see flex office space like Officio in Boston. Then, people who work at home could get out of their houses and walk to work Security and marketing Better traffic flow End the one way maze What does Downtown need to ensure a thriving, vibrant, economically competitive future? More positive images of Lynn in the media Renewable energy More malls and shopping malls Beach become alive place not dead how is now! •Good attitudes •Keeping the city clean •Finding ways to attract & support successful businesses Making sure youth are engaged, supported, encouraged, educated, etc. Green Community Stretch Code More residents! More parking less traffic Park benches for reading and waiting We need people who are passionate and enthusiastic about the city of Lynn. We need a fresh perspective and people working together to bring Downtown back to the successful city it once was with plenty of business, shopping, and growth! – Deb Plunkett, candidate for Ward One
  36. 36. “Lynn is nice because we have the train, but it would be good to have more businesses downtown.” – Justine Celestin Photo by Jenn Erickson, MAPC
  37. 37. “There’s room for improvement. We need more arts and culture here. The artists are out here, but they don’t have a community that caters just to them.” - Walnut-da Lyrical Geni Photo by James K. Lindley
  38. 38. “I would love to see Downtown Lynn even more revitalized. I very much want to see Lynn thrive. I would love to see more successful businesses and filled properties.” - Susan Kerr, realtor Photo by James K. Lindley
  39. 39. How will you help? I will _______. Challenge perceptions of Lynn Embrace diversity I will participate in my community and volunteer. Me too! Centerboard! Us too! Daily Item & itemlive.com Help build on the vision!
  40. 40. “I love Lynn – I want to see it be vibrant and thrive!” - Teri Faulisi, Downtown resident Photo by James K. Lindley
  41. 41. “I have been in Lynn my whole life and it’s a fabulous city. We just need to work together as a community and restore our downtown! Join me in making this happen for ourselves and our kids.” - Debbie Plunkett, candidate for Ward One City Councilor Photo by James K. Lindley
  42. 42. “The people of Lynn have a great willingness to experiment. There are lots of interesting organizations working hard to create a more representative vision for what Lynn is all about.” – Jon Feinberg, 2-year Lynn resident Photo by James K. Lindley
  43. 43. The city has been great at studying itself. Now is the time for real change. …Together we can achieve powerful things for this great place we all love so much.” – Corey Jackson, via DowntownLynn.com Photo by James K. Lindley
  44. 44. “Come a little closer.” - Walnut-da Lyrical Geni Photo by Jenn Erickson, MAPC
  45. 45. “Lynn is in!” - Jolene Kelly, owner of Cakes by NeeNee Photo by James K. Lindley

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