Creating a downtown where none existed before | Build a Better Burb

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Manual for Designing Safe Streets (via ITE, The Institute of Transportation Engineers)


Yes, there is a manual for that:

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We Need Some Trees Here!

Barry Watkins, 03 May 2019


I went out and walked the #WalkTheRock 5.5 mi walking trail yesterday. It was a bright sunny day and it was hot! This stretch of pathway along Eyster Blvd in Rockledge, shown in the picture above, sure could use some shade. Our walkability plan (Rockledge Walkability Plan, Post #1 – Why a Walkable Rockledge?) among other things would require shade trees along all of the streets in our populated areas. Looking at the picture above it’s not too hard to see why that’s a good idea, is it?


Then I eventually came to this wonderful spot with some trees next to the sidewalk near Kennedy MS. Wow, what a difference! There was a breeze that didn’t help too much in the blazing sun, but in the shade? Oh, yeah, it was probably only a few degrees cooler, but it felt like at least a 10 degree difference. Check out our previous post about street trees and the benefits they bring: Yeah, Trees Bring a Lot of Benefits (via Friends of the Urban Forest)

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Yeah, Trees Bring a Lot of Benefits (via Friends of the Urban Forest)


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Benefits of Street Trees – Save It Lancaster (PA)

lancaster pa street trees

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Unicorp to demo Fashion Square Mall – bungalower

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Melbourne Named #1 Place to Live Near The Beach

Melbourne, Florida has been named the number 1 place to live near the beach by US News & World Report. Here’s the story via Florida Today:

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The Walking Cure #Walking #Health

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Reverse Golf Cart Ban on Viera Blvd – Sign the Petition!

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We are going to be taking a few roadtrips to some good Walkable places in central Florida. There are a few nearby communities that have “done it right” that we will be going to see to give us some ideas for making our Brevard communities more walkable. Come join us! A few places we want to visit are in Orlando – Baldwin Park, Avalon Park, and Celebration. Email or call and let Barry know if you’re interested at or 321-355-2747.

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