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In order to help guide the future development of Buena Vista, East Germantown, Germantown, Hope Gardens, and Salemtown, the Civic Design Center organized its design analysis into five categories: centers, thresholds and boundaries, natural condi- tions, reclamation, and civic space. From the analytical categories, the Civic Design Center generated recommendations that are grouped as short-term, mid-term, and long-term opportunities and are presented in a strategic implementation matrix. (See Appendix) Please note that many of the recommendations fall in more than one of the five analytical categories.

Short-term opportunities are regulatory changes or smaller projects that could be implemented in the next 5 years. Mid-term opportunities are ones that could be completed in a 5- to 10-year period, and call for greater coordination of property ownership, land use regulations and build-out needs. Long-term opportunities require land assembly, phasing, and, in some cases, demolition. Although the Civic Design Center strongly recommends a long-term strategic plan for the community, short-term opportunities are important for addressing immediate needs and establishing a sustained climate of confidence.

The analytical categories of centers, thresholds and boundaries, natural conditions, reclamation, and civic space, again, underpin the recommendations, and both are explored in more detail in the next

section as are six community design opportunities— the intersection of 8th Avenue North and Monroe Street, Jefferson Street and the Jefferson Street Bridge, Garfield Street, the former Neuhoff site, the Werthan site, and small neighborhood parks.


A center is a place for people to gather. A center gives identity to downtown as well as to neighbor- hoods throughout the city. Deliberately located and made, centers express values, orient travelers, and serve as reminders. The distribution, character, and scale of centers in the study area vary widely and should be understood in terms of one another.

8th Avenue North and Monroe Street

Situated at the important intersection of Monroe Street, a neighborhood street, and 8th Avenue North, an arterial street, the center occupied by the Kroger supermarket is where the city meets the neighbor- hood and the neighborhood meets the city. A logical center for the community, the Kroger also draws customers from outside the immediate neighbor- hoods. Currently, the Kroger focuses almost entirely on the car—set-back building, large signs, and extensive parking, but the presence of Monroe Street, Germantown to the east, Buena Vista to the west and Elizabeth Park to the north strongly suggests that the center appeal to the pedestrian as well.

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Grocery Store at Blair Avenue and Hillsboro Pike.

The Kroger center has the opportunity to be more like the new grocery store at Blair Avenue and Hillsboro Pike, that is, a store which is both comfort- able for pedestrians and motorists.

To reinforce the importance of the neighbor- hood, the 9th Avenue North link from Buena Vista

and the Cheatham Place homes to Monroe Street should be re-established. An opportunity that can be realized in the short-term, the opening of the street emphasizes the importance of the pedestrian to a vibrant and healthy neighborhood. Other, longer- term opportunities include new buildings with street frontage, sidewalk gathering places, and street landscaping. Development on Monroe and 9th should be built up to the street. Finally, the orienta- tion of Monroe and 9th can be redesigned to empha- size neighborhood entry. One possibility is a jog in Monroe Street to emphasize a new site at the corner of 9th Avenue North.

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