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Congress of New Urbanism looks to make Savannah bicyclists, pedestrians safer

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The Congress of New Urbanism architects presented their findings from a Legacy Project they've worked on throughout May to the community on what can be done to develop the East side of Savannah on Saturday. One of their main goals is to create a balance between automobiles and pedestrians or bicycles. 

"Neighborhoods like the east side are missing their incomplete neighborhoods," said architect and urbanist Dhiru Thadani. "When I think about a neighborhood, it's a place where someone who resides in that neighborhood can have access to all their daily needs by walking. so the idea is how do you make a neighborhood whole whats missing and how do you bring in the things that are missing." 

Ideas presented on Saturday were changes along Waters Avenue, which would increase retail space, add more parking and mixed-use space, to convert one-way streets such as Henry, Anderson and Broad to two-way streets.

Through this project, it has been suggested to add as much green as possible, including trees and other shrubberies. One of the biggest take-a-ways was to increase pedestrian safety.

"The primary goal is to create an equable balance between the automobile and the pedestrian," said Thadani. "Most of America is planned to favor the automobile and creating very unsafe environments for pedestrians."

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