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D.1.3.3 Sidewalk Maintenance

D.1.3.3 Sidewalk Maintenance

Action

Improve sidewalk maintenance.

Why

Sidewalks typically make up the vast majority of your district’s streetscape; therefore, they make a big first impression. If your sidewalks are covered in garbage, snow, weeds, or other debris it will give off a negative impression of disinvestment.

How

Tactics to help improve sidewalk maintenance:

  • Establish ordinances that clearly explain the roles and responsibilities for building owners and business owners for maintenance
  • Enforce ordinances consistently
  • There is a reliable, designated maintenance provider

Resources

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Main Street Management Assessment Rubric

Scoring Standards

Includes garbage, snow removal, debris and weeding.

4
  • Ordinances are in place that clearly explain roles and responsibilities for building owners and business owners for maintenance
  • Ordinances are strictly enforced
  • Performed maintenance by town, contracted service, or building owner/businesses is reliable and consistent
3
  • Ordinances are in place that clearly explain roles and responsibilities for building owners and business owners for maintenance
  • Performed maintenance by town, contracted service, or building owner/businesses is reliable and occasional inconsistent
2
  • Ordinances are in place that clearly explain roles and responsibilities for building owners and business owners for maintenance
  • Performed maintenance by town, contracted service, or building owner/businesses is reactive and frequently inconsistent
1
  • Ordinances are in place that clearly explain roles and responsibilities for building owners and business owners for maintenance
  • Performed maintenance is only done upon request

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D.1.3.2 Sidewalk Furniture and Fixtures

D.1.3.2 Sidewalk Furniture and Fixtures

Action

Provide and maintain branded, carefully curated public amenities such as lighting, benches, bike racks, garbage and recycling receptacles. 

Why

Public amenities invite people to spend time in the downtown and can help create feelings of welcoming, safety and a sense of “being someplace special”. Clean, well-maintained sidewalk furniture and fixtures show that a community cares and is willing to invest in their downtown. Planning a system of public amenities through branding, design, color and repetition will help to create your Main Street’s unique identity. 

How

  • Conduct a public amenity audit and hold community outreach events to understand existing conditions downtown. This process can be used to come up with a wishlist for improvements and help prioritize new amenities. 
  • If you do not already have updated branding or a color scheme for the downtown, consider hiring a landscape architect or marketing firm to help the district create a public amenity plan. 
  • Develop, fund and implement a plan to properly maintain these amenities in the district. 
  • Be sure local regulations and policies are in place to support installation and maintenance of amenities as part of any redevelopment project or new development.

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Main Street Management Assessment Rubric

Scoring Standards

Elements include benches, bike racks, garbage receptacles, recycling receptacles, and cigarette receptacles.

4
  • The sidewalks have at least 4/5 elements.
  • All furniture and fixtures are regularly maintained and cleaned.
  • Furniture and fixtures are branded.
3
  • The sidewalks have at least 3/5 elements.
  • All furniture and fixtures are regularly maintained and cleaned.
2
  • The sidewalks have at 2/5 or less of the elements.
  • Furniture and fixtures are sporadically maintained and cleaned.
1
  • There are no sidewalk furniture or fixtures.

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D.1.3.1 Sidewalk Conditions

D.1.3.1 Sidewalk Conditions

Action

Conduct community outreach. Design and construct sidewalks in the district that provide maximum connectivity and are compliant with accessibility standards. Develop a plan and budget to keep them well-maintained.

Why

Sidewalks connect people to local businesses, jobs, education, places of worship, social events, food resources and more throughout the downtown, and this encourages increased foot traffic and economic development. Utilizing a well-maintained, accessible sidewalk can also be a more healthy, environmentally friendly, affordable, and welcoming way to get where you need to go. 

How

  • Conduct a sidewalk audit and hold community outreach events to understand existing conditions of sidewalks downtown. This can include a wishlist for improvements, amenities and additional sidewalk connections. 
  • Develop, fund and implement a plan to properly maintain sidewalks in the district. 
  • Develop, implement and plan for advertising your sidewalk network. 
  • Be sure local regulations and policies are in place to support installation and maintenance of the downtown sidewalk system.

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Main Street Management Assessment Rubric

Scoring Standards

4
  • 80%+ sidewalks are smooth and even, not cracked, heaved, or missing
  • Sidewalks are wide enough to accommodate multiple users
  • Sidewalk ordinances are in place to clearly guide uses and usages that enhance the customer experience
3
  • 50-80% sidewalks are smooth and even, not cracked, heaved, or missing
  • Sidewalks are wide enough to accommodate multiple users
2
  • 40-50% sidewalks are smooth and even, not cracked, heaved, or missing
1
  • Less than 40% sidewalks are smooth and even, not cracked, heaved, or missing

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