As fellowblogger Lauren Do mentioned the other day, the North of Lincoln strategic plan – aka the “What the hell are we going to do with Auto Row?” plan – is now online, and the first public hearing on the plan will be held at the Economic Development Commission’s meeting tonight, which is at 7:30 p.m. at City Hall.
The plan is basically to try to move all the old auto-serving businesses somewhere else and to get restaurants, bars, and shops to move in, surrounded by public spaces (which Park Street doesn’t exactly have a proliferation of now). You could walk around in this utopia, and park someplace where we don’t have to look at your car when we’re ogling an overpriced sofa in a store window or considering a new top. And there’d be new housing, too.
The plan for what they’re now calling a new “Gateway District” – which is bounded by Oak and Everett streets – was developed by a team of consultants who conducted several community events this past spring to try and figure out what people want to see down there. And it’s got lots of pictures in it, so it’s not too painful a read.
Public hearings on this will continue through September. If you want to attend one of them, the information is here.