Not a place for people

small town urbanism

Main Street Sebastopol has great potential, but it is not a pedestrian friendly environment. The space allocated to pedestrians is definitely secondary to the space allocated to cars. This is partly due to the fact that Main Street is a state highway, but it doesn’t have to be this way. A few design interventions could turn Main Street from a space dominated by the automobile to one dominated by people.

My last post discusses the problem with the one-way street network in downtown Sebastopol. In that post I noted the excessive size of the driving lanes in downtown Sebastopol. There are 3 travel lanes along the 2 primary blocks of downtown Sebastopol. Between McKinley and Bodega Ave. the widths are 12′, 18′ and 12′. Main Street along this block is 77′ wide from storefront to storefront. (A block further south the travel lanes are reduced to 13′, 12.5′ and 13′. There…

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