C h a p t e r 1 E x ecu t i v e S umma ry
Create a Destination
Wake Forest has done a superior job in providing programmed events to activate the downtown area. Successful downtowns add another layer by including activating elements which require no programming and are free interactive public spaces. Attracting families to downtown with spaces designed for children will be key in Wake Forest’s continued evolution into a vibrant place. Downtown Wake Forest will offer a diversity of public spaces of varying sizes and degrees of activity to its patrons and residents. Experiencing these spaces and the connections between them must be safe and enjoyable.
Put People First
Wake Forest is committed to providing a pedestrian-friendly downtown; this requires planning for people. We have identified several tactical opportunities to engage the public in projects and events that will enhance the pedestrian realm downtown. Many of these opportunities are low cost and temporary, but high impact and memorable. There are several other opportunities for the Town to enhance the pedestrian realm through longer term, more permanent and costly projects, like streetscape enhancements at key intersections. This plan includes a range of short-term and long-term project ideas to serve as a guide that both public and private entities can use.
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