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Planning Objectives

Planning Objectives

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PLANNING OBJECTIVES
 The City has devised some planning objectives for Midtown thataim to enhance the historic character of the neighborhood andestablish a framework for its future development. Following anorganic” model of revitalization, the City will focus on “planting”targeted public improvements in key corridors and nodal points.Planting provides the seeds for a community-initiated, grassrootsrenewal process. Since it is outside the bounds of the City to doeverything,” the objective will be to focus on modest butmeaningful improvements that fertilize” a revitalization effortalready underway. This strategy aims to leverage publicinvestment to complement, not overwhelm, the efforts of citizensand private investors in Midtown.The plan has defined broad goals for the neighborhood to bepursued by public and private partners:1. reinforce tightly-knit, urban streetscapes2. provide gap financing for new home construction andrehabilitation3. create new small business opportunities along walkable retailcorridors4. preserve and reuse resources important to the history andcharacter of the neighborhood5. enhance neighborhood densities through quality infilldevelopment6. identify neighborhood regreening strategies and publicspace opportunities7. add new and distinctive streetscape amenities8. provide a staging ground for arts-related neighborhoodimprovements9. encourage bicycle and transit use10. solidify the unique image and sense of place inherent to theMidtown district
Coe Place, with its quaint Queen Anne’s.
 
1 Reinforce tightly-knit, urban streetscapes
 The Block Analysis section attempts to reinforce Midtown’sprevailing urban design to stem a creeping suburbanization ofthe neighborhood, encourage walkability over automobility,enhance densities useful to establishing neighborhood retail, andpromote development that complements the unique characterand image of the neighborhood. The past fifteen years hasbrought housing development to Midtown that, while often verybeautiful and frequently matching some design aspects of theolder housing stock, still fails to match the densities, prevailingsetbacks, use of materials, and details of character that wouldotherwise enhance and solidify the imageability of a very uniqueplace. This plan assumes a belief that urban neighborhoods likeMidtown should remain vitally, unmistakably
urban 
.To protect and bolster the historic
urban-ness 
of Midtown, theBlock Analysis is a catalog of the concrete, historically consistentfeatures of every block to assemble a design ethic that will informrevitalization efforts in which the City takes part. The analysis alsohighlights key structures and streetscapes whose importance tothe fabric of the neighborhood is paramount. In some instances,this ethic will take on greater legal authority with therecommendation of historic designation status for streets like Coe
Laurel Street fully exemplifies the prevailing density and compact arrangements of Midtown’s historic streetscapes. Double houses of remarkably good character and condition prevail on Laurel.

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