‘Hands on Exchange’ meeting with University of Akron will discuss Tactical Urbanism project, Nov. 16, 5 p.m. at InfoCision Stadium
— The City of Akron is inviting the public to attend an open house meeting, Thursday, Nov. 16 to discuss the upcoming redesign of East Exchange Street between Arc Drive and Fountain Street. The event will take place at the University of Akron’s InfoCision Stadium (375 E. Exchange St.), 5th floor at 5 p.m.
Hands On Exchange is a Tactical Urbanism project that will examine alternatives for transforming Exchange Street into a complete street—one that is designed for all users, including pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and transit riders of all ages and abilities.
Tactical Urbanism is an approach to neighborhood building that uses short-term, low-cost and scalable interventions and policies to catalyze long term change. The event is made possible through the support of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
“We have a unique opportunity to transform a key corridor in our city with this innovative project,” said Mayor Dan Horrigan. “This spring, we will utilize temporary materials to test ideas for a ‘better Exchange Street.’ This will allow us to gather feedback from residents, students, businesses, pedestrians and partner agencies to then permanently design Exchange Street into a more functional and valuable corridor that truly meets the needs of all users.”
“An inviting, healthy and safe Exchange Street is vital for student life and our greater community,” University of Akron President Matthew J. Wilson said. “We are proud to partner with the City of Akron and the Knight Foundation on ways to continue to improve this corridor for all users.”