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Roadways should welcome pedestrians and cyclists and offer multiple options for public transportation. To generate more social space, traffic should operate in only one direction in busy zones. All vital components of greater Hempstead (parks, preserves, learning institutions) will be accessible by proposed light rail, and pedestrian and bike lane systems. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. Village of Hempstead boundary Nassau Community College Hofstra University Adelphi University Hempstead High School Hempstead Plains Preserve Hempstead Lake State Park Hempstead Golf Club
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Bike rental, sales, and storage station: the existing building is a former auto repair shop located less than 300’ from the Hempstead LIRR station.

Principal roadways can infiltrate rainwater through the ground, clean it, and direct it to a recycling facility in the village. To provide shade and seasonal color, native tree species will flank the sides of the roadway.

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A Better Burb
using only the freshest produce from a nearby urban farm, a market, a clothing boutique. Steadily, the sprawling suburban landscape will become urban as more business adapt.

Charming 1920-1950s homes in the Village of Hempstead are in abundance and are perfectly suitable for a business. Through rezoning and retrofitting, an unoccupied home can transform into a business that can serve the community in which it’s part of. The type of business can vary; a locally owned restaurant that serves seasonal dishes

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Neighbors chatting with each other at the local cafe or rummaging for a great find at a used book store. An inter-neighborhood tram

transports local residents. Cyclists whiz past the new plantings that replace the concrete gutter.

The industrial zone offers expansive warehouse space as blank canvases to catalyze the imagination of artists, designers and musicians.

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district. And, conveniently, there is very little that needs to be done to move forward such a district -- as this environment shouldn’t be hyped, franchised and overdone. What makes an art district so appealing is the industrial and unfinished “feel” of the place. With addition to bike lanes and depaving of portions of the road to make way for vegetation, the art district can form holistically to the needs of its artists.

Many urban cities have an art district/colony or visual and performing arts institution that supports it’s creative dwellers. Most of these zones share a commonality with one another -- unoccupied warehouse space. In the southern region of the village’s downtown, just outside the 1/2 mile radius boundary, lies vast real estate ideal for the future makings of Hempstead’s very own art

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Amenities like miniature golf courses and open air theaters can exist above parking and residential. An underutilized parking lot is replaced by a performing arts and cultural center. The existing African American museum in the village can be relocated to this new facility. The venue could foster an awareness of the rich cultural diversity of the village. A method of reusing a big box retail store is to use the first floor as parking for a mixed-use development built above. The proposed development should be a stand alone community itself with community-minded independent businesses. There should be pedestrian linkages from all sides of the site and public transit close by. Rain water should be captured, stored and reused on site. Solar power can keep the community running green.

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Re-purpose the land where an auto mall currently exists into an expansive urban farming laboratory and wind power grid. Pour multiple layers of topsoil onto the asphalt and grow a variety of fruits and vegetables, partake in beekeeping, and raise livestock. Involve local students of all ages and make urban farming an integral part of their education. Teach the importance of locally grown sustenance and help them to garner a self-invested relationship between person and food. A local bazaar/marketplace neighboring the urban farm can take part in the distribution of goods by local vendors, including food, arts and crafts.

c The Plains Restoration Project will be the heart of the revitalization of the Village of Hempstead. The entire community can participate in the restorative efforts of the plains. Local schools can use the sites as outdoor classrooms where they can learn about Native American ethnobotany, preserving globally rare endangered plants and wildlife, and stewardship of the land. A Trail systems and interpretive signage will be provided. As part of the Plains Restoration Project, historic Horse Brook will be naturalized. By de-channelizing the waterway at Brierley Park and stabilizing the water course with a constructed riparian environment, the park can be a demonstration of the historic habitat and point of interest for locals and visitors. This micro-habitat will increase biodiversity and can be a hot spot for urban ecological study, experimentation and research.

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