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    Did you go on the walking tour?

    Anybody out there go on the walking tour? If so, please tell us what you thought!

    Barry
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    Re: Did you go on the walking tour?

    Quote Barry wrote:
    Anybody out there go on the walking tour? If so, please tell us what you thought!

    Barry
    I went on both helpful tours and my Commentary is scheduled for this week's Sonoma West. If you have any question, you can reach me at 829-8185.
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    Re: Did you go on the walking tour?

    I went on Saturday and found it very interesting. Amazing to see what is going on inside those big buildings and also fun to fantasize about what could be there.
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    Re: Did you go on the walking tour?

    Quote scamperwillow wrote:
    I went on Saturday and found it very interesting. Amazing to see what is going on inside those big buildings and also fun to fantasize about what could be there.
    Marty
    Care to share your fantasies with us?
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    Re: Did you go on the walking tour?

    Sure: a new solar powered community center that doesn't flood and has great sound and lighting, affordable housing in walking distance of downtown services, NO high-priced housing, mixed use buildings, live/work buildings. Pedestrian friendly walkways (maybe some with no cars) with outdoor cafe seating.

    Adding some services that we currently need to drive to Santa Rosa for.

    Everything built with required green building standards.

    Natural waterways running between buildings for habitat, beauty, and collecting runoff.

    Permeable surfaces and water catchment so there is LESS runoff into the Laguna than currently with all the asphalt and large roofs.

    Integrating with downtown and the Coffee Catz area to make it easier to walk from one place to another.

    Reopening some of the closed off streets - maybe just for pedestrian walkways. Landscaping with native plants.

    A more user-friendly plaza that doesn't have a virtual freeway running on two sides of it.

    those are a few.
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    Re: Did you go on the walking tour?

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    a new solar powered community center that doesn't flood and has great sound and lighting
    How would you make it so it doesn't flood?

    Reopening some of the closed off streets - maybe just for pedestrian walkways.
    This would be really sweet and seem like a real opportunity. Businesses would flourish by them!

    A more user-friendly plaza that doesn't have a virtual freeway running on two sides of it.
    Where would you put the plaza? Do you feel it would be problem if it weren't downtown?
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    Re: Did you go on the walking tour?

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    A more user-friendly plaza that doesn't have a virtual freeway running on two sides of it.
    are you suggesting to move the plaza or the traffic?
    how would you reroute the traffic?
    what route would you take during construction?
    are WE going to pay for all of this?
    just wondering
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    Re: Did you go on the walking tour?

    Quote ThePhiant wrote:
    are you suggesting to move the plaza or the traffic?
    how would you reroute the traffic?
    what route would you take during construction?
    are WE going to pay for all of this?
    just wondering
    I think the idea is to reroute some of the traffic so it isn't a freeway going around the plaza and it can more easily connect with something interesting happening across the street where the old lumber yard currently is. Just something I heard mentioned on the tour.
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    Re: Did you go on the walking tour?

    Quote scamperwillow wrote:
    I think the idea is to reroute some of the traffic so it isn't a freeway going around the plaza and it can more easily connect with something interesting happening across the street where the old lumber yard currently is. Just something I heard mentioned on the tour.
    I think that is a great IDEA, but where is the traffic going to go?
    I don't like to be trapped, or encircled by traffic either.
    I would like to see main street closed off for 2 blocks or so, and to make it pedestrian traffic only. but the real question is where is the traffic going to go? overpasses maybe? pave over the laguna? reroute it into whose neighbourhood?
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