Category Archives: Feature Articles

Un-Sprawling Brevard Pt 2: Walkable Villages


Barry Watkins, 15 Apr 2017 We live in sprawlville. People die here. http://www.floridatoday.com/story/news/2017/04/05/child-bicycle-struck/100082066/ But it doesn’t have to be this way. We can un-sprawl! The sprawl development pattern has been the default way of building things for decades in the … Continue reading

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Un-Sprawling Brevard – Part 1: Small Blocks


by Barry Watkins, Feb 18, 2017 Smart Growth America’s most recent “Dangerous by Design” report ranks Brevard county as the #2 most dangerous place for pedestrians in the entire US!! Here’s an article with some of the highlights: http://spacecoastdaily.com/2017/01/report-brevard-county-ranked-no-2-in-the-nation-for-most-hazardous-area-for-pedestrians/ Is … Continue reading

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This Is How We Do It


Barry Watkins, 10/23/2015 Here are some of our ideas for Clearlake Road in Cocoa and for raising the walkability and bikeability standards for streets throughout the populated areas of our county: Keep the design and posted speed at or under … Continue reading

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“Imagine a Better Block!” Contest 2015


Fellow Brevardians, Better Block Brevard and Walkable Brevard are looking for YOUR ideas for projects. Enter the “Imagine a Better Block!” contest by submitting your ideas for improving walking and biking conditions in our beautiful county now thru Oct. 31, … Continue reading

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SmartCode NOW! (Overcoming Some Misconceptions)


Barry Watkins 7/2/15 A few years ago, I became a huge fan of the SmartCode, the New Urbanist Model Land Development Code. I went to a 3-day workshop down in South Beach Miami. Andres Duany and his wife Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk … Continue reading

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A Patch of Grass


Barry Watkins 5/21/2015 A1A and US192 Goal #2: Separate cars from bikers and walkers Most of us like to be close to nature, don’t we? So how does this strike you? A nice patch of grass to green up this … Continue reading

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FL Today: Brevard Dangerous for Pedestrians #2


Barry Watkins, 12/30/2014 “We’ve known for decades that A1A is a high-crash location for bicyclists and pedestrians…”  –Bob Kamm, Exec. Dir., Space Coast TPO In my Dec. 22 blog entry I gave a short response to a Dec. 20, 2014 … Continue reading

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