The City Dock Master Plan - What is Good?
Our heart and sole, our front porch, the center of our town should be a place for us and our families, not a parking lot. We want a well-functioning, attractive, safe place to walk, to sit, to talk, to meet our friends and neighbors, and yes, to spend money. We want a central place of identity that says "Annapolis - a really intelligent place to live." That means a place where car traffic flows but does not dominate. A place where the limited parking serves the needs of the retailers. A
What Does the City Dock Master Plan Say About All This?
- It says we must rebalance between cars and people.
- It says we must increase the public square and the public accessibility to the water.
- Its says that 110 Compromise Street must be redeveloped to mak a safer walkable street scape, the attract business, to draw buildings away from the water.
- It says that two parcels of the Dock Street side should also be rezoned for the same reasons.
- It says better intersection at Main, Compromise, Randall must be rebuilt to provide better parking, safer crossings, better car flow, and bigger and broader sidewalks for people.
- It says we must protect our historic buildings from floods and tides.
- It says we must remove about half the parking spaces and strictly manage the rest.
- It says we must bring more people to the Dock to make businesses healthy
- It says that it's the locals and the local businesses which attract tourists.
- Finally, it says all this needs to happen over ten to twenty years. The faster we agree, the faster it will happen.
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City dock is currently comprised of 16.8 acres, 56% of which is dedicated to parking and streets, 27% to buildings, 9% to sidewalks and promenades and only a mere 8% to public open space.
A more pedestrian friendly design would prioritize:
- Highly walk-able and connected open spaces
- Dedicated green spaces
- A safe, wide public promenade along the water
- Wider sidewalks
- Safe and controlled crossing areas
- Less traffic congestion
- Strategic management of parking
- Long term solutions for flooding
Send our city government the message to prioritize people and pedestrian friendly spaces on our waterfront!