The report examines a proposal for an auto restricted zone (ARZ) for the City of Burlington. The City is faced with increased competition from a proposal for a major suburban shopping mall, as well as internal competition from a recently completed shopping arcade in the downtown area. Such competition pressure has been a primary incentive for local efforts to improve the character of the existing downtown retail area through auto restriction and pedestrian improvements. The increases in the economic health of the City have also created strong pressures for physical change and for improving the quality of public space. This concern has culminated in the current proposal for construction of a 4-block pedestrian mall. A further issue facing the City is the quality of transit facilities in the downtown. Several of Burlington's earlier Urban Design Plans now comprise the main urban design components of the proposed ARZ plan. Four existing characteristics were assessed to test potential of an ARZ. The Urban Design Plan consists of two elements: a circulation framework and a street improvement program. These elements are described in detail in the text.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Prepared in cooperation with Cambridge Systematics, Inc., MA., Moore-Heder Architects, Cambridge, MA., and Kearney (A. T.), Inc., Chicago, IL. See also PB-283317, and PB-286319. Also available in set of 9 reports PC E20, PB-286 312-SET.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Voorhees (Alan M) and Associates, Incorporated

    Cambridge, MA  United States 

    Cambridge Systematics, Incorporated

    100 Cambridge Park Drive, Suite 400
    Cambridge, MA  United States  02140

    Moore-Header Architects

    806 Massachusetts Avenue
    Cambridge, MA  United States  02118

    Kearney (AT) and Company, Incorporated

    100 South Wacker Drive
    Chicago, IL  United States  60606

    Urban Mass Transportation Administration

    Office of Research, Development and Demonstration
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Herald, W S
  • Publication Date: 1977-12

Media Info

  • Pagination: 128 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00186091
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: UMTA-VA-06-0042-78-6Final Rpt.
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-TSC-1057
  • Files: NTIS, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Dec 29 1981 12:00AM