Imagine Lubbock hosts open design session for city redevelopment project

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Updated: 12/02/2012 8:31 pm
Lubbock residents were given the chance to expand on their visions for the future of Lubbock. Now, that plan is moving onto Phase 2.

Parades of people showed up Sunday afternoon for Imagine Lubbock's Open Design Studio. It was a chance to see the work being done towards the revitalization of Lubbock, and some of that work was started by the citizens themselves. The committee heard suggestions and ideas from the community during the public design session Saturday.

"Now, we're taking all those drawings people did in the small groups yesterday," Victor Dover, a town planner involved in the project, said. "We've brought them back in the room, put them up where we can look at them all and compare them at the same time, and we're attempting to make many plans into one."

Dover said when communities are looking to make progress, public input is a top priority.

"People, normal everyday citizens, are great urban designers," Dover said. "They don't give themselves enough credit. Their instincts are good. They want to create places where people want to be, and that's what you're doing in Lubbock, one neighborhood at a time."

He said the feedback from the community has been excellent.

"I think we heard again and again in various ways, that it's important to think big, and long-term, but start small, and build on the success you've already had here in the center of Lubbock. In the arts district, in the depot entertainment district, and right here at Broadway and Avenue J," Dover said.

While it's just the beginning, Dover said residents provided specific recommendations that led them in the right direction.

"Broadway, for example, is a centerpiece of conversation for downtown revitalization. Folks want to see what Broadway will look like in the future, so we're going to make pictures this week that can illustrate how that can be," Dover said.

The committee will host a presentation Wednesday night, where residents can see the work in progress, and have one last chance to give feedback before the project moves ahead.
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