by: DAVID F. ASHTON - Leo Quin, Tamra Tiemeyer, and Jonathan Brandt, at the Foster Green EcoDistrict gathering - talking about bicycle and pedestrian connectivity and accessibility, and the re-envisioning of spaces along the corridor. Launched in June of last year, the “Foster Green EcoDistrict” continues to build momentum and gain new participants, according to Nathan Jones, its engagement coordinator.

On September 4th, groups of residents met at the Mt. Scott Community Center to further the conversation.

“This is an ‘open space’ for community members to come together is and talk about projects that they’d like to see happening in the area, and connect about how they would like to see these projects implemented,” Jones explained.

“A lot of the project ideas have come out of the engagement efforts that we have done. They have – primarily – identified neighborhood walkability and connectivity, access to food, healthy food, and local businesses.”

For example, one of the groups at this gathering was talking about the need to open up more community space along Foster Road; the other groups discussed connectability issues for pedestrians and bicyclists along the entire corridor.

Anyone can join in the discussion, Jones observed. “EcoDistricts are small enough to innovate quickly, and big enough to have a meaningful impact. Come see what we’re doing.”

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