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Smart Growth Leadership Case Library

Amherst MA: A New Village Plan for Atkins Corner

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A case from the library of “smart growth” leadership case studies prepared by the New England Environmental Finance Center, available at http://efc.muskie.usm.maine.edu/pubs.htm

Abstract. The case study describes a successful smart growth initiative in the town of Amherst, Massachusetts, at an intersection known as Atkins Corner. The initiative grew from two motivating factors: the necessity of realigning Route 116, a major north-to- south artery through the town, to decrease traffic accidents at the intersection and improve pedestrian safety; and a desire on the part of Hampshire College and the Town to create a village center at the intersection. Through a consensus-building process involving key town officials, Hampshire College, neighbors, and the design firm of Dodson Associates, agreement on the project was reached with local stakeholders and

1 Prepared by Maggie Jones for the New England Environmental Finance Center’s “Next Communities Initiative,” Richard Barringer, ed., Edmund S. Muskie School of Public Service, University of Southern Maine, Portland, May 2006. Copyright © 2006 Muskie School of Public Service.

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