- One of Cottage Living’s Top 10 Neighborhoods of 2008
Redding’s Parkview neighborhood had fallen on hard times. Crime, decay, and disinvestment were prevalent. To revitalize the neighborhood, the City selected Heritage Partners and its building arm, New Urban Builders, to redevelop numerous City-owned parcels within the 288-acre neighborhood.
Patrick Siegman led the transportation planning effort for the project, while a Principal with Nelson\Nygaard.
To engage the public and build a consensus for a new plan, the project team conducted a three-day design charrette. Working with neighbors and City staff, the team planned, designed, and coded new homes and parks on the City-owned sites.
In response to complaints about speeding and motor vehicle crashes, Mr. Siegman prepared a traffic calming plan and proposed new street standards for the entire neighborhood. The work included close collaboration with city planners, public works officials, and neighbors to develop new standards for slender streets, smaller rear lanes, and traffic calming measures. As a follow-up, Mr. Siegman worked with Parisi Associates and SHN Engineering to prepare construction drawings for the first phase of sidewalks and traffic calming.
The effort led to the first major private investment in the area in decades. Today, walkways and front porches engage a new village green. Bungalow courts cluster around shared courtyards. Parking is tucked away on rear lanes, with carriage homes over garages providing “eyes on the alley”. Through traffic calming, higher design standards and new investment, the plan is transforming a once dilapidated neighborhood.
“Filled with colorful cottages on smaller, more sociable lots, it symbolizes Parkview's comeback.”
– Cottage Living magazine
Images courtesy of New Urban Builders