FM #962 - Walkability & Worcester Insights - 03/15/23
This session of the radio show shares the audio recording of the housing and zoning discussion with Brad Chafee, Melanie Hamblen, Cobi Frongillo and Dean College Chancellor Ed Augustus.
Brad, Melanie, Ed and I were in the Franklin TV Studio on Wednesday, March 15, 2023. Cobi joined us for the discussion via Zoom.
Consider this a continuation of the downtown zoning discussion from the “Franklin For All” project which is underway with review and discussion at the Economic Development Subcommittee Plus meetings that Melanie Chairs and for which Cobi is Vice-Chair.
We were joined by Chancellor Ed Augustus for this session to include his insights as former Town Manager of Worcester, MA and the lessons from the Worcester experience that might be considered for Franklin.
The recording of our conversation on zoning runs about 57 minutes. Let’s listen in.
Principles of walkability: useful, safe, comfortable, and interesting. Watch the TED Talk with Jeff Speck - https://www.ted.com/talks/jeff_speck_the_walkable_city
Jane Jacobs writer and activist on urban design wrote her book in 1961 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Death_and_Life_of_Great_American_Cities
Center for Living City is an organization that continues in the spirit of her work -> https://centerforthelivingcity.org/janejacobs/#jane-and-the-center
Other podcast episodes in this series:
4th discussion with Melanie and Cobi included Brad (FM #942) ->
3rd discussion with Melanie and Cobi included Joel D’errico (FM #922) ->
2nd discussion with Melanie and Cobi in December (FM #904) ->
1st discussion on Franklin For All project -> (FM # 755) https://www.franklinmatters.org/2022/03/this-franklin-for-all-discussion.html
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