I had the good fortune to be asked to be part of a consulting team that Teska Associates assembled for the City of Decatur, IL to improve the safety and beautification, address economic development, and build community along Jasper Street. The process was very interactive and driven by the neighborhood. The final input meeting included a bike rodeo during which nearly 100 neighborhood children enjoyed biking and learning bike safety skills as parents and advocates gave their input on the final plan for the corridor. The final plan includes placemaking (design guidelines), building neighborhood capacity, transportation (street redesign), housing, and building economic opportunity.
The vision for the Jasper Street Roadmap is: A vibrant, active corridor that connects people, places and