1. Livable cities expert tours downtown Springfield: 'You need to go from good to great'

    Livable cities expert tours downtown Springfield: 'You need to go from good to great'

    Gil Penalosa, an international expert on livable cities, shared his impressions about Springfield's livability after taking a walking tour of the Quadrangle and riding all around the North End and downtown Springfield on Thursday. "When it comes to walking, the city has done some work to make crosswalks visible and have proper pedestrian crossing sings. As far as biking, it's horrible," he said, noting that people will not ride their bikes if there is not a designated bike grid that connects throughout the entire city and makes riders feel safe

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    1. We are very fortunate to have him here.
    2. Over the last few years, planning and public health have been at the table when we talk about infrastructure and economic development projects. It's a conversation that five or 10 years ago we were not having.
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