C-I Thrive Popping Up at the Shopping Center!

TODAY, May 20, C-I Thrive volunteers are setting up a pop-up booth by the Giant Eagle in the Crafton-Ingram Shopping Center. From 11:00 am till 3:00 pm today, folks will be active at a table with C-I thrive conversation, information, and materials!

One of the key working areas of C-I Thrive is communication. As part of this working area, we’re taking on outreach initiatives to engage our communities so that we can work together to improve our neighborhoods. Today’s pop-up activity is one of these outreach initiatives. We’re excited to talk with you; stop by if you’re coming through the shopping center today!

If you miss today, don’t worry–we’ll have another of these activities on June 18th, and we’ll attend community events through the summer.

It’s a beautiful, sunny day in the shopping center!

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Walkability and Connectivity Ideas

Members of the Crafton-Ingram Thrive steering committee and Pashek Associates’ Jim Pashek, Elaine Kramer and Claire Matway tromped all over the two boroughs on Saturday, May 14. Our goal was to look at community connections and understand ways to improve key routes or add new ones. Here are some of the main takeaways (below the photos):

 

 

  • Getting out into the communities reminds you of what great communities we have and why connectivity is so important. Beautiful buildings, great tree-lined streets, interesting (or, in places, challenging) topography create terrific opportunities for walking.
  • This particular walk helped illustrated how we can concentrate our efforts towards improved connectivity to particular areas of each borough, therefore keeping the plan realistic and affordable. Many potential improvements would be rather inexpensive.
  • Each borough could promote designated walking/biking/exercise routes that are both scenic and safe.
  • Online mapped routes of varying distances would be nice.
  • Many pedestrian crossings could be improved to be more visible to vehicle operators, and therefore safer. Busy pedestrian crossings need additional visual stimuli, such as paving surface changes or flashing signals.
  • Each borough could improve (and promote) pedestrian and bicycle connectivity through designated lanes on particular roads.
  • Affordable landscaping improvements would create more inviting, and more clearly defined, walking routes. This could include new street trees on selected rights-of-way.
  • There is opportunity for sidewalk improvements, and for the addition of sidewalks.
  • During our entire 4.5 mile walk, there was not one garbage can available on the street to throw away a coffee cup.
  • Benches distributed throughout designated walking areas could provide opportunity for rest, observation, and contemplation.
  • Traffic speed and noise make some areas less desirable as walking routes.
  • Some locations could connect new routes with existing trails such as Clearview Trail, the Chartiers Creek floodway road and the Chartiers Nature Conservancy.

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  • Outside of the connectivity issue specifically, we also noted vacant commercial properties in highly visible locations. It might make sense to create a tracking mechanism for commercial properties to provide potential tenants with useful information about availabilities.

 

 

Walking Tours: Rain or Shine

There’s a chance of rain on the forecast for Saturday (May 14), but even if it rains, we’ll go out on the Ingram Connections and Crafton Connections walking tours we have planned. A few storm clouds can’t beat C-I Thrive’s work to improve the Crafton and Ingram communities!

The walking tours on Saturday are important because they’ll help us (residents, Steering Committee members, and planners at Pashek Associates) understand walkability and connectivity in our neighborhoods today, so that we can make enhancements in the future.

We’ll be there on Saturday with rain gear in tow! We’re excited to see you.

For more information about the walking tours, see our C-I Thrive Walking Tours post.

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C-I Thrive Walking Tours on May 14

Spring has arrived, and we’re excited to announce the C-I Thrive Walking Tours! On Saturday, May 14, we’ll lead groups of Steering Committee members and residents through and between some well-loved pedestrian routes in Ingram and Crafton. As we’re walking, we’ll have conversations about walkability in our towns:  what are our favorite places to walk, how can we link them, and where can we make improvements?

One of the strong qualities of Crafton and Ingram’s neighborhoods is their walkable, small-town feel. Let’s build on this opportunity. As part of C-I Thrive, we’ll be creating initiatives for enhanced walkability, and we want to hear from you! For more information on walkability and connectivity, click here.

Join us for an active morning or afternoon walk around town—stretch your legs and help provide important input for the C-I Thrive plan!

INGRAM CONNECTIONS TOUR

Saturday, May 14, 2016

9:30 am – 12:00 pm

We’ll meet at the Crafton-Ingram Plaza sign across from Ingram Park. This walk will move to the intersection of Prospect Avenue, Ingram Avenue and Center Street, then turn back along Ingram Avenue and loop around the shopping plaza. We’ll end along Foster Avenue at Ingram Park.

CRAFTON CONNECTIONS TOUR

Saturday, May 14, 2016

1:00 pm – 3:30 pm

We’ll meet at the Crafton Park parking lot. This walk will move along Crafton Boulevard. With enough participation, we’ll be able to split into teams to assess up to three connections:  the trail to CIT Park, the Crafton Boulevard “backbone” extending to the Steuben Street intersection, and the Crafton Boulevard “backbone” extending in the other direction to the Baldwick Road intersection. We’ll end up at Crafton Park together.

The main goals of these walking tours:

1.       Identify safety issues and other barriers to better connectivity.

2.       Suggest additional connections that could branch off these walking routes.

3.       Identify ways that these walking routes can be improved.

4.       Create a walk-and-talk forum to discuss how to encourage connectivity and walkability.

Feel free to contact us with questions (see our Contact page or I’d Like to… form). Hope to see you there!

Find Updates and News Here

Welcome to the Updates and News page of the C-I Thrive website! Here, you’ll find blog posts on recent events, project updates, and interesting news related to the work we’re doing.

You can see our most recent posts here at the top of the page. If you have an idea that you’d like us to post about, or if you’d like to write a guest post for the page, send us an email or use the “I’d Like to…” form under the “Get Involved” tab to submit a comment or question.

Check back here to see what’s new as C-I Thrive moves forward. We’re glad you’re tuned in with us!

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