Throughout IK2025 the desire to have more daily needs closer for residents to walk to was heard in every neighborhood. To achieve this, the Future Land Development Plan designates Nodes at key intersections or along specific blocks.
Nodes consist of walkable areas with a mix of uses that give residents easy access to their daily needs. Nodes are a way to create choices and equal access for residents. The Future Land Development Plan designates two scales of walkable urban Nodes: Neighborhood and Commercial.
Small scale retail area that serves adjacent neighborhoods
Large scale retail destination that serves several neighborhoods
See the Future Land Development Map below for the location of Neighborhood and Commercial Nodes.
Both Nodes will apply the following design strategies.
Creating a comfortable and safe pedestrian environment is critical. This can include wide sidewalks, street trees, furniture, and reduced traffic speeds.
Parking should be located at the rear of a building or on the street. On-street parking is preferred because it adds a buffer area to protect pedestrians from traffic. Reducing parking area increases the area for employment, housing, parks, and art.
Development can include commercial, office, and residential to create vibrant mixed-use areas.
Plans should include public spaces (squares, plazas, etc.) to encourage social interaction.
Buildings should be close to the sidewalk with large windows and clear entrances to create a continuous, inviting, walkable street.
Kalamazoo residents desire the ability to safely meet their daily needs within their neighborhoods. This includes access to shopping, neighborhood gathering space, and basic services. This criteria requires that a neighborhood have access to a minimum number of different stores. By creating a concentration of retail, as well as a comfortable and safe pedestrian environment, nodes are one way to make it easier for residents to access their daily needs.
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