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<br />th <br />Ms. Taylor asked if staff examined 16 Street in Denver, which traveled through the heart of downtown and <br />which included moveable furniture and trees in the center so that one hardly knew it was a street. The <br />streets were closed to automobile traffic but open to street cars, and it seemed like a park. <br /> <br />Mr. Pryor termed the presentation exciting and said many exciting possibilities existed. He liked the idea of <br />offering residents more recreational activities in downtown and the idea of more park space downtown tied <br />to other developments. He noted the council’s discussion of possibly locating a new city hall at the half- <br />block at the Parks Blocks, and said if that did not occur, the half-block could be linked to the Parks Block to <br />create a significant downtown space; one that could accommodate the Farmer’s Market. It would be <br />directly across from the Hult Center, a major cultural space, creating a critical mass in a key area of <br />downtown. He asked that staff consider how to integrate that area into a major parks and recreation open <br />space, consider the balance between hardscapes and softscapes, and how events and activities could be <br />coordinated. <br /> <br />Mayor Piercy liked Mr. Pryor’s idea because the other great streets all went east -west, and the concept he <br />described could create a break or center. <br /> <br />Mr. Papé endorsed the need for additional garbage cans in the downtown. <br /> <br />Mr. Papé asked Mr. Macy to comment on the idea of installing angled parking on one side of the street <br />versus parallel parking on both sides of the street. Mr. Macy thought angled parking a very effective <br />th <br />approach in some circumstances. For example, the City might decide to install a wider sidewalk on 8 <br />Avenue as a Great Street, and that could be done while maintaining a good inventory of parking using <br />diagonal parking on one side of the street. He described how Portland retained parking near the Park Blocks <br />in Portland using diagonal parking while keeping the area visually clean and safer by reducing the sense of <br />isolation created by automobile parking. Another idea was to get rid of the existing couplet system and <br />install two-way streets, which created more parking opportunities and a safer pedestrian environment. <br /> <br />Mr. Papé asked what made a great plaza. Mr. Macy said that in the United States, such plazas must be <br />programmed. He said he was a member of the board of directors for Pioneer Courthouse Square. The <br />organization had a $2 million budget for programming and hosted an unbelievable amount of activity using <br />corporation sponsorships. Millions of people use the space because it is programmed and managed. He <br />believed that if the City moved forward with the Parks Blocks, for example, it needed to program that space. <br />The more families the City could attract to downtown, the healthier the mix of users would be, and the more <br />attractive and healthy the area would become. He said ensuring ground floor retail and encouraging <br />residents to live near the public space helped to provide eyes on the plaza on a 24-hour basis. <br /> <br />Mr. Papé asked who owned the property in front of the Shelton-McMurphey-Johnson House. Ms. Weiss <br />said the property was owned by Ya-Po-Ah Terrace and its acquisition was included in the proposed bond <br />measure. She said that preliminary discussions with Ya-Po-Ah Terrace management had occurred but she <br />did not know if the owner was amenable to selling the property. Responding to a follow-up question from <br />Mr. Papé regarding public access to the area from downtown, Ms. Weiss said that a better connection <br />between Willamette Street and Skinner Butte Park was envisioned in the City’s open space plans, and that <br />would require going over or under the railroad tracks. <br /> <br /> <br /> <br />MINUTES—Eugene City Council October 25, 2006 Page 2 <br /> Work Session <br /> <br />