So I thought the meeting tonight was good. At least a hundred people were there. Lots of participation, some divergent views. The biggest points of contention seemed to be:
1. increasing the height of buildings. 4 stories, maybe even 5. lots of people for it and against it, mainly concerned about viewsheds of the mountain. The current mayor and the former mayor both weighed in on this issue, and a bunch of other people.
2. parking. The idea that there is too much parking. The idea that there is not enough parking. The idea there should be more walking.
3. infilling buildings towards the street, widening the street, or narrowing it, and middle of Main Street being much denser in general.
Just to recap, this is the area between Teller Avenue and Digger Phelps.
Then there is the linkage zone down to the train station, talk about development there, reducing the complex zoning regs currently in place, and talk about making it pedestrian friendly.
I spoke up about the need for people to get off the train, look up, and see the foot of Main Street, or at least be compelled to walk in that direction with some sort of pedestrian focused staircase or somesuch. A line of sight staircase is actually not possible: I was talking to Tom Church, there is an old Revolutionary War era graveyard behind the Dutch Reformed Church, oh well. But we need SOMETHING to compel pedestrians to walk up to Main Street, and this should be the backbone, the main focus, of whatever linkage plan is put through. Currently, you get off the train, you don't even know Main Street exists.
Another interesting part of the meeting was the historical component, the way Beacon used to be, pictures and reminisces from the audience and the presenters. And comparisons to other communities, from both the audience and the presenters, such as Saratoga Springs and Telluride.
Finally, June 14,Oliver and Lily of School of Jellyfish will be at the Beacon Institute on Dennings Point to present "Parametric City: Beacon The City as a Living Organism" which will deal with Beacon as a test case in the city as a self-sustaining entity. Sounds very cool. Be there:
Thank you presenters and thank you Beacon Main Street Linkage Committee for the excellent meeting!