One Town, One Roundabout and a Design that Celebrates People
Now, this is placemaking
Normal, IL’s Uptown Normal Roundabout project won the EPA’s Smart Growth Achievement Award for turning a solution to a traffic dilemma into something much, much, much more value added.
The Uptown Normal Roundabout project solved a complicated intersection, created a public plaza that has fostered economic vitality & increased social capital. In addition, the integrated stormwater system (Hoerrschaudt) naturally filters the runoff from the surrounding streetscapes and reuses it in the form of a water play feature and eventually to irrigate the adjacent landscaping.
This is a Complete Street project. Complete + Green Street = Designed for People
Can you imagine this place with just concrete? Or, even just grass here with no people? It’s just, I mean, it’s boring.”
~ Mark Peterson City Manager of Normal, IL
Dear Decision Makers, Please take note.
NOTE: Roundabouts in Traverse City? Still looking for leadership at the commission and staff level. They seem more interested in $3-million tunnels. The MyWHaT Modern Roundabout page continues to get hits, so someone is interested.