The group talked about the various patterns used to create towns. Traditional towns, and most downtowns are created around streets in a grid, as opposed to suburban (cul-de-sac), sprawl pattern. Information was presented about nearby planned towns that have been successful in creating vibrant downtown walkable areas. This planned progress is what Auburn stakeholders indicated they want for their future and incorporates green space, walkability, with planned developments that enhance quality of life.
The recently released rendition is just one of several possibilities for Auburn’s downtown area. It includes homes, businesses and greenspace all interconnected with sidewalks that will include a pedestrian tunnel to the opposite side of the tracks where the new municipal center and new homes are planned.