Downtown Design Plan

The Town of Brattleboro is working on a Downtown Design Plan, which will describe and illustrate the community’s vision for future downtown improvements and projects. This planning process will address:

  • Improving routes, access and circulation for pedestrians and bicyclists;
  • Incorporating green stormwater practices into streets and public spaces;
  • Identifying opportunities for creative placemaking that use arts and cultural activities to enliven and revitalize public spaces; and
  • Enhancing long-term economic stability for downtown businesses.

The Brattleboro Downtown Design Plan project will implement participatory planning techniques – including a pop-up demonstration (the Better Block Challenge in September) and a design charrette (Places for People in October) – to envision and build consensus around future changes to the public spaces and infrastructure in downtown Brattleboro (see study area map).

Do you have a picture in your mind of what you’d like downtown Brattleboro to look like? We’ve collected about 30 images of parks, play areas, public art, pedestrian amenities and bike facilities. Look through them and select the ones that you would like to see in downtown Brattleboro.

Places for People Charrette

The Places for People Charrette was held on October 3, 4, 5 and 9. A charrette is an intensive planning session where community members and design professionals collaborate on a vision for an area. During the charrette, the design team and community members assessed the public spaces in downtown Brattleboro, identified challenges and proposed solutions.

We have been conducting a short survey as part of the Downtown Design Plan. Thank you to the more than 500 Brattleboro residents who have responded! If you haven’t done so already, you can still take a few minutes to share your impressions of downtown, how you use the public spaces (streets, sidewalks, parks, parking lots) downtown and what improvements you would like to see to those spaces.

Better Block Challenge

The Better Block Challenge was held September 20-22 in downtown. Three pop-up projects were installed to add life to underutilized or unwelcoming downtown spaces.