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Downtown Revitalization Institute 2012
Complete Streets Workshops
"Complete Streets
are for everyone."
Portland OR - Heather Bowden
"They are designed and operated to enable safe access for all users, including pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and transit riders of all ages and abilities."
The State of Connecticut adopted Complete Streets legislation in 2009 - and it is an important tool in a placed-based economic & community development strategy.

Our workshops are designed to introduce all stakeholders to Complete Streets, explaining the challenges and opportunities, and discussing how to advocate for and implement a Complete Streets program in your community.
Downtown Revitalization Institute
  sponsored by
Workshop Sponsor
Fuss & O'Neill logo 
Downtown Revitalization Institute Partner 
CCAPA logo     

Complete Streets

Implementation, Funding & the Return on Investment
Workshop #3
November 2, 2012
8:30 am - 3:00 pm
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
275 Windsor Street, Hartford, CT 06120-2910
$75 for CT Main Street members; $95 for non-members
Networking breakfast and lunch included
4.5 AICP CM credits pending
Complete Streets in a Town Center
Engaging all Public and Private Stakeholders

Hiram Peck, AICP, Director of Community Planning & Development, Town of Simsbury

Ted DeSantos, PE, PTOE, Senior Vice President, Fuss & O'Neill

Emily Moos, Senior Planner & Policy Analyst, Capitol Region Council of Governments

Jonathan Ford, Principal, Morris Bacon Design 


This case study of Simsbury's Town Center will examine the full range of components in creating Complete Streets in a Town Center.


The panel will include private, municipal, regional and state officials involved in convening, facilitating and fundraising for the inclusive and comprehensive community engagement process that has resulted in a Town Center Master Plan, Form-Based Codes, Design Guidelines, an award-winning Bike Trail, and a State Highway Corridor Study that makes roads accessible to all users.

Creating a Supportive Regulatory Framework
Case Study: The Massachusetts Highway Design Manual

Luisa Paiewonsky, US DOT (former Commissioner of MassHighway)

John Pagini, AICP, Professional Development Officer, CT Chapter American Planning Association


We will look to our neighbors to the north, hearing from a team that rewrote the award-winning Mass Highway Design Manual, which goes beyond the traditional goals of easing vehicular congestion and provides pedestrians and bicyclists with safe environments, especially in downtowns.


Our presenters will share the lessons learned, including the need for support from the top levels of government, which resulted in a transformation from initial skepticism, to trust, to eventual enthusiasm for positive change.

Benefits & ROI of Investing in Complete Streets
Munro Johnson, Senior Project Manager for Development, Norwalk Redevelopment Agency
Kim Morque, President, Spinnaker Real Estate Partners
Real-world verification that the developer's return on investment is greater where a well-integrated and well-designed streetscape is in place.
Doing More with Less $$$
Case Study: Funding Complete Streets 
John E. Cameron, PE, Director of Engineering, City of Memphis
The City of Memphis has adopted an ambitious 3-year plan that connects 55 miles of neighborhoods and destinations.  Components include road diets, Greenlines, Bridges, Bike Trails and pedestrian-friendly business districts.
"If you design communities for automobiles, you get more automobiles.  If you design for people, you get walkable, livable communities."
Paris Glendening
Former Governor of Maryland
CT Main Street Center
c/o CL&P PO Box 270
Hartford, CT 06141