Highway 61 Revisited: Help Redesign Highway 61

The City of Grand Marais invites all that live, work, shop, walk, bike, drive, or play along Highway 61 in Grand Marais to the kick-off of Highway 61 Revisited to help redesign this important corridor. The first gathering will be Thursday, September 4th 6-8 pm at the Grand Marais Public Library.

HANDS-ON ACTIVITY • LIGHT MEAL • FREE CHILDCARE @ YMCA*

Join us for a lively evening to engage in discussion and share ideas to improve Highway 61 through Grand Marais.

For more information and updates, visit www.becausemovingmatters.org/highway61.

*Free childcare is available for families participating in the evening, for children age 4 months and over. Drop-off will be at the YMCA starting at 5:30 pm, pick-up after the event.

 

Highway 61 Revisited Kickoff

 

Pop-Up Sidewalk Update: Fine Tuning a Pop-up

In response to feedback over the weekend, the City fine tuned the pop-up to allow for both parking and the temporary sidewalk by creating a buffer between the two areas with barricades. It is a great example of the pop-up process, which is designed to be flexible and change as feedback is received. It also illustrates the importance of sharing the space for vehicles and people walking in our tourist town. Many questions remain that the pop-up may provide information on: Is the temporary sidewalk being used? Does a sidewalk on the west side of the road reduce people walking in the road?  Are there more people walking on the east side of the road? Is a sidewalk needed or wanted in this area?…. Keep the feedback coming, through the blog comments, on Facebook, or email movingmatters@boreal.org.  This process is all about community input to understand how public spaces can best serve the people.

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What the heck is a “pop-up”?
A “pop-up” is a temporary, low-cost project to try out a new use for a space without investing in major infrastructure changes and cost.  Think of it this way, pop-up = temporary.

Why a pop-up sidewalk in Boulder Park?
The goal of the temporary/pop-up sidewalk near Boulder Park is to give people a place off of the road to walk. This way, the City can gather feedback from visitors, residents, and businesses to see what the needs are and what might work to address the safety issue of people and vehicles on the street.  The area near Boulder Park, Sydney’s, and Artist’s Point is known for a lot of foot and vehicle traffic, spectacular harbor views, and popular businesses. Whether or not a change is needed is up in the air, but most agree that there is a conflict between vehicles and people walking in the roadway.

Pop-up Sidewalk with the City of Grand Marais

Something new is coming to Cook County this summer, but it won’t be here for long. It’s a Pop-up Sidewalk!

Pop-ups can come in many forms and we’ve been seeing them pretty close to home. A pop-up is something temporary and allows trying something out to see if it works without making a large and permanent investment.

This summer Threads hosted a Pop-Up Shop at its Grand Marais store.

And in Duluth, the city and Healthy Duluth Area Coalition hosted a Pop-up Parklet.

The Pop-up Sidewalk will be creating a sidewalk connection between Artist’s Point and downtown Grand Marais, along Boulder Park. Right now, the sidewalk ends where Boulder Park starts.
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This Pop-up will help us all experience what it would be like if a sidewalk was built there. Be sure to try out the sidewalk starting on August 15th, 2014. If you have any comments or experiences that you’d like to share, please email movingmatters@boreal.org or share your comments here or on Facebook.

Moving Matters Is A Home-Grown, County-Wide Project Of The Sawtooth Mountain Clinic And Many Local Partners. We Strive To Create Safe And Accessible Walking And Biking Routes For People Of All Ages And Abilities.

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