This Concepts for a Future Bridge Square blog has been dormant since the third and final planning open house/community session in May. I’m anticipating that there will be a final report/summary made to the City Council by the end of the year but that might be dependent on the priorities of the new Northfield City Administrator.
At the third and final planning open house/community session last Wednesday, project consultant John Slack presented four alternative designs for the redesign of Bridge Square.
View John Slack’s Powerpoint presentation via PDF (large 6MB file) or Slideshare:
John Slack labeled his four design alternatives:
- Alternative A – “UNIFICATION”
- Alternative B – “LIVELY”
- Alternative C – “ELEGANT”
- Alternative D – “DYNAMIC”
View the four Bridge Square design concepts via PDF (large 35MB file) or via Slideshare:
The third of three public open houses/community sessions to engage the public in creating a master planning update for Northfield’s Bridge Square is now scheduled for Wednesday, May 14, 2014, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., in the 2nd Floor Training of Northfield City Hall.
As for the previous two sessions (see the Oct 23rd open house summary and the Dec. 9th open house summary), project consultant John Slack will be presenting. There will be ample time for questions and discussion.
Here’s the press release that was emailed by the City of Northfield to several dozen ‘stakeholders’ on April 25:
Back in October, I published a post to the blog titled Publicizing our publicity for the Bridge Square planning process.
The idea is that by publicly documenting what’s we’re doing to get the word out, we can A) get suggestions on what else we should be doing to promote the project; and B) point to our efforts if and when the day comes that someone says, “How come I didn’t know about this planning process?”
We’ve continued to use the publicity channels listed in that post and added a few more. Here’s a rundown:
- PROJECT BLOG & RSS FEED
We first post all project-related news and updates here on the Concepts for a Future Bridge Square blog which automatically updates the RSS feed that anyone can subscribe to. Northfield.org automatically updates its blogosphere feed page using our RSS feed (most recent blog posts listed here) and Locally Grown Northfield embeds the project’s RSS feed at the top of its right sidebar.
All Bridge Square blog posts get posted to the Northfield Engagement Twitter feed and then retweeted by the City of Northfield’s Public Works department Twitter feed.
- WEBSITE & FACEBOOK
The City of Northfield’s Public Works department posts Bridge Square announcements on the City’s website and on the Public Works Department Facebook page.
The City of Northfield’s Public Works department updates subscribers to its Notify Me service for both email and text message alerts for the project. It then emails Bridge Square announcements to a list of over 60 individuals/stakeholders.
- LOCAL MEDIA
Updates are posted via comments to blog posts about Bridge Square on 1) Locally Grown Northfield (here); 2) Northfield.org (here); and 3) Northfield News (here). Locally Grown Northfield also posts updates to its Facebook page.
If you’ve got other suggestions on what we should be doing to publicize this project, attach a comment.
Above: You can view/download the 53-page complete report on the results of the Northfield Bridge Square straw poll (PDF, 196 responses) with the open-ended comments included.
Below: You can also page through the results via the Slideshare version:
Approximately 35 people attended the Dec. 9th Bridge Square community workshop and open house in the Archer House River Inn’s Riverside Conference Room. After the Powerpoint presentation (see below) by John Slack and Marcia Klopf, attendees had the opportunity to help define a vision for the future of Bridge Square contribute their ideas for improvement.
Here’s the Powerpoint that John Slack and Marcia Klopf used in their presentation. (A webinar video of the presentation is available here.)
Here’s the lightly edited video of this week’s web conference, featuring a presentation by John Slack with a little help from Joe Stapf. It’s about 95 minutes long. Feel free to attach comments or questions.
Approximately 35 people attended last night’s Bridge Square community workshop and open house in the Archer House River Inn’s Riverside Conference Room.
I’ve have another blog post with the Powerpoint presentation, plus a transcript of the written comments, but in the meantime, see the large slideshow of 54 photos (recommended) or SLOW CLICK this small slideshow:
On Wednesday, Dec. 11 at 7 pm, we’re hosting a live web conference that’s intended to replicate some of the Dec. 9 Bridge Square Open House. To participate (comment or ask questions), you’ll need to register.
And if you miss the event, we’ll have a video of the presentation archived here on the blog within a day or two.
Got questions? Attach a comment or contact me.
Our Northfield Bridge Square straw poll is ready! It only takes 5 minutes to complete, unless of course, you choose to include comments with it.
For rationale and background, see the Nov. 20 blog post: Help design the Bridge Square straw poll.
And be sure to either attend the Dec. 9th Open House or the Dec. 11 web conference.