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Linda Doren inside Plainfield June 26, 2020, 5:56 PM
Tell Us About You.
I am a Resident, Property Owner
How often are you in the Plainfield Corridor? Occasionally (a couple times a month)
How do you travel along the Plainfield Corridor? I drive or ride in a car
What time do you most frequently travel the Plainfield Corrridor? Weekdays, between 9am and 4pm
From the "most often" to "least often" tell us why you use the Plainfield Corridor. To shop, To eat at restaurants, Other Reason
If you shop along the Corridor, what do you buy? (select all that apply) Hardware/Home Repair, Groceries, Restaurants/Fast Food
Do you feel that most of your regular shopping needs are satisfied along Plainfield Avenue? No
Do you think that the Plainfield Avenue Corridor is safe for all different types of transportation users (drivers, pedestrians, cyclists)? Yes
What do you think about traffic along the Plainfield Corridor? It is occasionally busy but is generally fine
Is the Plainfield Corridor mostly a place that people drive “to” or drive “through”? To, it has destination businesses
What is more important – travel speed to move vehicles through the corridor, or access to move vehicles to business and neighborhoods? Getting vehicles to businesses and homes is more important
Have you ever had trouble finding a parking space in the Plainfield Corridor? No
What do you see when you look at the Plainfield Corridor? There have been a lot of positive changes in the past few years and there is good momentum.
If new buildings are constructed along Plainfield Avenue, they should (select all that apply): Have a mix of uses, including residential
Please rank the following issues from most important to least? Commerical Development , Traffic Volume - Number of Vehicles , Building Designs/Appearance
Name not shown inside Plainfield June 15, 2020, 9:36 AM
Bury power lines, remove roadside signage, add street lighting and banners, add landscaping and benches.
Name not shown inside Plainfield June 15, 2020, 7:24 AM
There are many good things in Plainfield Charter Township to be proud of. Asset mapping helps us identify the current physical assets - land, buildings, transportation, and facilities - that make our community strong.
What physical assets along the Corridor add the most benefit to our community? Parks and Recreational Opportunities
What about Plainfield Avenue? Given that there are many components to the street and traffic design, please rank these from the most important to be addressed to the least important. Overhead power lines, Too many driveways, Lack of Landscaping, Missing sidewalks
If you were asked to describe the current Plainfield Avenue Corridor to a friend, as if you were looking at a picture, what would you say? Busy. EMPTY BUILDINGS THAT ARE RUN DOWN. Come and buy a car from one of the 200 dealers in a 3 mile stretch
When you think of places in Kent County that you like to visit where do you like to go? Rural Main Street
Building upon the last question, why do you choose to visit those areas/places? What "characteristics" do you find desirable that attract you to those areas? People/Relationships, Entertainment Options
American architect and urban planner Daniel Burnham once said: “Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men's blood and probably themselves will not be realized. Make big plans…” For the Corridor, we want big plans. What is your big idea for change in the Plainfield Avenue corridor? Raze ALL the empty storefronts and make public spaces available for walking parks, picnic areas, play grounds, etc.
Confucius once said, “The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones”.....What are some small improvements that could be done to make Plainfield better? Tear down empty buildings and turn it into nothing but green space. A few picnic tables, some kids play things. Etc. Think about Plainfield Lumber, it backs right up to residential. A neighborhood play park. Same goes for Shitmark along with half of the buildings of the old Gall sewing center location......
Paul Martin inside Plainfield June 9, 2020, 9:34 PM
I would love to see the power lines all buried along the entire Plainfield corridor. That simple thing can make a huge difference. Just look at parts of 28th street out by where Studio 28 used to be. It's amazing what more open skies tend to do for the appearance of a major street.
Name not shown outside Plainfield June 9, 2020, 9:52 AM
I agree with the relative consensus that Plainfield Township, or the Plainfield "Corridor" primarily and foundationally needs 2 things: COHESION and INSPIRATION; ie: branding. It sounds like you have enough feedback and informed leaders to hire a good branding firm to help you develop a "community story" that inspires pride and investment. Figuring that piece out first would seem most important, and once that foundational story is determined, it will inform the "manifestations" (hardscape) of the story. Not unlike how the large red-orange Calder sculpture is a thematic visual woven throughout downtown Grand Rapids and how Cedar Springs uses "Red Flannel" to unite the community. The words "Plainfield Corridor" is intriguing, but not clear. Bringing clarity to that story would help and then perhaps an archway could be constructed, reminiscent of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris or the St. Louis arch--but of course scaled and appropriate for our community's vibe. Bill McKendry from Haven Creative was a great resource and help for a recent project I worked on (www.havenforcreative.com). Thanks for soliciting feedback, I'm excited to see and support what develops!
Name not shown inside Plainfield June 9, 2020, 8:43 AM
How about a multi-use park/pavillion space developed in one of those vast concrete parking wastelands? An attractive place with landscaping for a farmers market, art fair or festival, evening concerts, holiday decorations and events in winter. Learn from the failed farmers market near Lowe's, where NO investment was made to make it even remotely appealing. Also, can't see success on Plainfield with a plan for boutique shops. The street is too busy. The existing businesses are too varied and big box commercial. That ship has sailed. We're never going to be Eastown.
Name not shown outside Plainfield June 8, 2020, 6:35 PM
Plainfield Avenue has ALOT of resources, but the road has so many lanes of traffic and you travel so fast down this road that you can't notice the businesses unless you are a passenger in the car. Not sure if you've done a traffic study yet, but it seems very automobile focused and not for pedestrians or bikes. It's like a super highway through the north side of the city. I think decreasing the speed limit, adding pedestrian crossings and oasis (green spaces with amenities, and maybe a median with greenery, would be a good start. Buy up the triangle property on the SW corner of Jupiter and Plainfield and turn it into something special for place-making.
Name not shown inside Plainfield June 7, 2020, 5:43 PM
The corridor operates as a busy commercial area and that should be the focus. It is a high traffic volume, high speed state road with no open space.
Name not shown inside Plainfield June 7, 2020, 5:25 PM
Improve existing storefronts
Redevelop building sites
Add trees and landscaping
Bury power lines
Carl Hessler inside Plainfield June 7, 2020, 10:45 AM
Make Plainfield easy to explore by walking and biking. Tying the community together like this will have many great benefits.