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CUMBERLAND AVENUE PUBLIC MEETING
Cumberland Avenue Corridor ProjectPublic Meeting Comments from November 9, 2006 Meeting

Qualities you would like to see in 5- years

Pedestrians/Bicycles


  • Time traffic signals to be more pedestrian friendly (shorter cycle lengths)
  • More pedestrian friendly
  • Larger, safer pedestrian passages
  • Safer pedestrian crossings
  • Safer for bicycles, bike lanes
  • Safe and enjoyable bicycle & pedestrian environment – bike lanes, streets, trees, well marked crosswalks, slower speeds
  • Bike lanes along the entire corridor, which will connect to future bike lanes. Bike lockers like the ones in the parking garages by Market Square for travelers & commuters
  • Pedestrian, pedestrian, pedestrian!!!! Scale of the street and atmosphere to create “social” space
  • Re-surfacing of sidewalks
  • More pedestrian orientation – fewer cars – move room for bikes , strollers & wheelchairs
  • Much more of a pedestrian friendly place
  • Separating walking versus bike lanes is critical. Its hard to ride and walk in the same space
  • Pedestrian sidewalks should be larger to accommodate large crowds, straight access from the dorms, fort & campus
  • Barrier between pedestrian and vehicles
  • Safer foot traffic, barriers (hedges for example) that keep pedestrians on crosswalks
  • More attractive sidewalks
  • Wide sidewalks with trees
  • Pedestrian – bike
  • Pedestrian appeal for all users

    Parking

  • All parking and deliveries in the back of buildings
  • More parking in rear of buildings
  • Parking garages that allow people who make purchases/eat on the strip to allow up to 2 hours for free parking
  • Ample parking in centralized location parking garage
  • Limit or eliminate parking in front of businesses – this will do the most to reduce accidents
  • On street parking Parking made easier
  • All parking in the back
  • Move parking from the front of the buildings to the back
  • Shared parking within the district
  • Less cars in my view, smaller lanes, slower traffic, off street parking, parking garages – that don’t look like parking garages

    Mixed Use/Retail Environment

  • Unique local businesses – no more chains!
  • Loose the “free way exit restaurant spread” less fast food – allow other vendors – unique eateries.
  • Increase retail on the strip
  • More markets/open or farmers markets
  • I feel the commercial space is wasted; vacant or closed lots
  • 24 hour activity
  • A children’s museum on the water
  • Diverse shops – healthy image
  • Apartments over shops, office and parking structures
  • Wide variety of retail uses (books, clothes & groceries)
  • Have more one- of a kind restaurants not chain restaurants
  • Higher/greater density – people living above Sunspot or the bank. Design standards no more boxing crap – taco hell – krystals architecture

    Character “feel”/Public Realm

  • Less cars in my view, smaller lanes, slower traffic, off street parking, parking garages – that don’t look like parking garages
  • Unique local businesses – no more chains!
  • Less visual clutter/enhanced streetscape
  • UT needs to respect the neighborhood! Stop tearing down historic structures & integrate new construction into existing land use
  • Loose the “free way exit restaurant spread” less fast food – allow other vendors – unique eateries.
  • Less clutter – billboards, high signs, telephone pole wires
  • Aesthetically pleasing
  • A beautiful place to have a cup of coffee, a beer or dinner
  • Aesthetically beautiful entrance to the neighborhood, University & downtown
  • More of an avenue or boulevard feel
  • More continuity in design
  • Homeless
  • Respectful of existing historic architecture developed
  • Modern architecture – downtown atmosphere, sharp angles
  • Natural beauty structures, crosswalks, greenspace, cleanliness!
  • No big signage – NEON
  • Vibrant community instead of transient area Pedestrian, pedestrian, pedestrian!!!! Scale of the street and atmosphere to create “social” space
  • Form based codes
  • A clean well lit place in greenspaces and in others missing
  • Curb the panhandling!
  • Less lack of infill. Push parking & housing away. More density
  • Fewer store signs on the south side of the street – make it more subtle like the north side
  • Signage needs to be more uniform
  • Removal of unsightly advertising
  • Less visual clutter
  • Unified look for strip street scape
  • A healthy, clean, individual spot !
  • Reduce visual clutter – bury power lines, codify signage, make visually appealing, lighting & directional
  • Like “Mayberry”
  • Make a place that people don’t just go to but they stay in
  • Make Fort Sanders a community again. Not a 3-5 year home for students
  • SEC character – a place where the students hang out example – GA, Ole Miss & Alabama.
  • Higher/greater density – people living above Sunspot or the bank. Design standards no more boxing crap – taco hell – krystals architecture
  • Keep the scale in check – not downtown but not Farragut
  • Less Panhandling
  • One unique lighting identity
  • Density should be limited in terms of high rises
  • There are no good outdoor gathering spaces adjacent to the strip for concerts, etc.
  • Don’t treat the homeless like something to hide
  • Be visually pleasing as well as easy accessability to al parts of the strip from campus, Fort Saunders, downtown, etc.

    Green

  • More green vegetation on strip center
  • More green spaces – trees planted down the sidewalks – flower pots that are maintained – less concrete!
  • Greener
  • More recycling/green – environmentally friendly clean spaces
  • Plant more trees & grass and get rid of asphalt
  • Fresh – trees, pedestrians not so close to stagnant car exhaust
  • Pervious pavements, more greenery using native species
  • Wide sidewalks with trees
  • Increased landscaping
  • More trees and landscaping – visually more attractive
  • More street trees
  • Setbacks with greenspace, trees & grass

    Traffic Control/Management /Transit

  • Wider streets – how will this effect businesses & commercial appeal to the UT campus in general
  • Loose the “free way exit restaurant spread” less fast food – allow other vendors – unique eateries.
  • 20 mph speed limit, motorized traffic volume down to 20% of present
  • Safer and more efficient traffic flow – vehicular, bike & pedestrian
  • Push more traffic to Neyland and other outside routes with less traffic lights. Cumberland should not serve as a spine for parking structures
  • Better all around pedestrian access to businesses, safer vehicular flows & parking. Pedestrian bridges? Think GAME DAY!
  • Better traffic flow – traffic calming
  • Slower speeds on Cumberland
  • Don’t divert traffic to Clinch Ave.
  • Use transit to de-amphasize through traffic and emphasize peripheral parking
  • Bus pullouts impede transit
  • Ideal plan for the strip would be no autos….perhaps a two trolley system and re-routing cars to alleys and garages

    Connections

  • Strong connection to downtown – redevelop 11th Street and Cumberland area
  • Bike lanes along the entire corridor, which will connect to future bike lanes. Bike lockers like the ones in the parking garages by Market Square for travelers & commuters
  • Many students live in South Knoxville, other employees of the university and others need better links to the university
  • Gateways
  • Connections to the strip from the for, dorms and academic buildings need to be improved as much as the strip
  • Be visually pleasing as well as easy accessability to al parts of the strip from campus, Fort Saunders, downtown, etc.

    Other

  • Greater definition of boundaries & modes. 17th & Cumberland are entries to strip & downtown
  • Hospital & University collaboration
  • Emergency phones (call boxes)
  • Listen to what the community wants, not just to what would benefit business or your wallets
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