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Muskogee Hope Workshop Results

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Themes generated from a community hope workshop in downtown Muskogee.

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Muskogee Hope Workshop Results

  1. 1. RESULTS FROM THE COMMUNITY VISIONING PROCESS – DECEMBER 7, 2016
  2. 2. WHAT ARE CITIZENS’ HOPES FOR DOWNTOWN MUSKOGEE? INCREASE ACTIVITY IMPROVE CONNECTIONS SAVE HISTORIC BUILDINGS REVITALIZE ARROWHEAD MALL INTRODUCE GREEN SPACES Some of the approximately 150 participants at the Community Hope Workshop on Nov. 15th.
  3. 3. INCREASE DOWNTOWN ACTIVITY • ATTRACT VISITORS • ATTRACT EMPLOYERS • ATTRACT RESIDENTS • DEVELOP ACTIVITIES FOR YOUTH • DECREASE PARKING restaurants, bars, hotels, galleries, events market rate housing, grocery store, services reduce off-street, not on-street capture existing jobs, encourage start-ups athletics, arts, music, job training Citizens share their hopes on the brown bag idea wall. Over 250 ideas were collected.
  4. 4. IMPROVE CONNECTIONS • IMPLEMENT A ROAD DIET • PROVIDE FOR PEDESTRIANS • BETTER ALTERNATIVES • INCREASE CONNECTIVITY • MAKE BEAUTIFUL STREETS fewer lanes, slower speeds bike lanes, frequent buses, easy to understand routes gateways, street furniture, plantings, lighting fix sidewalks, safer crossings, places to rest link attractions, better north-south connections, centennial trail Cyclists design a complete street.
  5. 5. SAVE HISTORIC BUILDINGS • STABILIZE STRUCTURES • MODERNIZE SERVICES • MEET BUILDING CODES • RESTORE FACADES • ATTRACT NEW TENANTS assess conditions, prevent collapse, keep elements out egress, fire protection, abatement, accessibility mixed uses, interior improvements, marketing and leasing upgrade MEP systems, fix century old city infrastructure uncover original materials, improve storefronts, signage OU students assist participants create a downtown vision using a scale model.
  6. 6. REVITALIZE ARROWHEAD MALL • LEASE EMPTY SPACES • CONNECT TO DOWNTOWN • IMPROVE AND UTILIZE SITE • TRANSFORM SUBURBAN IMAGE • ADD CIVIC USES alternative configurations, new anchor, outward focus build on out-parcels, introduce landscaping, temporary uses post office, library, children’s museum, plaza pedestrian linkage, compatible architecture, focus on southwest side reduce parking, more windows, de-emphasize megastructure Citizens complete the Collective Hope Survey. Over 250 have responded so far.
  7. 7. INTRODUCE GREEN SPACES • PROGRAM THE GREEN • CONNECT TO PARKS • ENHANCE THE DEPOT DISTRICT • RECLAIM PAVED AREAS • BE CAREFUL WITH STREET TREES scheduling and promoting, food trucks, build stage, restrooms outdoor exhibits, intermissions, performances, private parties remove trees from Broadway, out of pedestrian path, no grates Spaulding, Elliot, Turner Hill, Gulick, Beckman, King, trailheads absorb run-off, better microclimate, urban agriculture, pocket parks Urban Design Studio students talk with visitors at the Farmers’ Market.
  8. 8. WHAT ARE THE PATHWAYS TO ACHIEVE THEIR GOALS?

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