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What topics do you feel are important to discuss, and why?

11 months ago

What are the topics you feel are important for us to discuss during our long range planning process?  You can identify your own topic or add comments to follow up on topics other residents post.

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  • Keasterlymartey 9 months ago
    Continuing to develop properties near and around downtown, encouraging dense development by making zoning flexible, policies particularly health requirements more flexible so small businesses are encouraged to start and grow in Manchester. To encourage infill housing in walkable neighborhoods in Manchester's neighborhoods. Redesign the redevelopment of our small commercial centers including adding trees to the street, cross walks repainted and facades rebuilt, in places like Webster Street.
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  • m.robinson120 10 months ago
    I think Manchester, as a community, needs to begin addressing climate change. I would like to see our city move towards green energy supplies, reduce plastic use by banning plastic bags, and planting more trees around the city.
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    • nbanyk 10 months ago
      Absolutely, I've come across hotels and apartment complexes that don't even have recycling. I understand that recycling is getting tougher to find, but at least paper should be possible. And if you go to the Drop Off Facility, you have to wait in the same line as everybody else just to drop off recycling (can require a long wait/cars idling).
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    • murphy33kevin 10 months ago
      I have been saying the same thing. This city is a leader in innovation with the number of progressive tech companies in the Mill Yards, plenty of higher education at institutes and a community driven population. We need to set an example for sustainability in this city, I also believe that progress towards a greener place to live can also combat the homeless problem. Perhaps if things were developed enough jobs could be created that could be based on efficiency , many homeless people in the city already spend days recycling scrap metal, what if we could create a micro-economy that turned recycling of all sorts into resellable products. Ie all number 5 plastics could be broken down and sold to companies specializing in the repurposing of plastic . I totally agree that our city needs this change and I think it presents an opportunity to resolve multiple issues.
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  • tchach11 10 months ago
    Manchester needs a new skatepark. The old park didn't work as it was in a bad location and poorly designed. It needs to be placed in a welcoming area with a surrounding parks that can provide fun and leisure to all family members to enjoy and gain fitness. Our parks in Manchester offer so little compared to other cities.
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    • h4cksaw 10 months ago
      I think shooting for a completed park by fall 2020 is a realistic goal! I'm sick of paying a toll to go all the way to Nashua. Londonderry is getting run down and Earl Lagacy skatepark is dilapidated.
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    • murphy33kevin 10 months ago
      How would we deter against a similar population that inhibited the previous skate park in Manchester?
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      • tchach11 10 months ago
        You have it more of a destination than a convenience in a nicer, maintained area. Lots of towns have their skateparks tied in with other parks, walkways, etc. and have money to maintain it. Bottom line- The last skatepark was a bad park. A good, well designed park will pull in actual skaters who will ride instead of destroy the area.
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        • murphy33kevin 10 months ago
          I totally get it, I've been to some great skateparks that are very family friendly from Burlington to San Diego and they maintain a positive atmosphere. I just think that with the number of homeless in Manchester it needs to be carefully executed, perhaps putting the park a but out of the way of the downtown area. Maybe near the Hollows?!
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  • mhoskins 10 months ago
    I would like to see Manchester focus on sustainability in a whole range of aspects. We need to build energy efficient buildings and infrastructure. We need utilize renewable energies, such as solar, wind, geothermal etc for our electricity needs instead of fossil fuels. We need more public transportation such as commuter rail and public buses. Electric buses would cut air pollution and carbon emissions. In addition, electric vehicle charging stations throughout the city would encourage electric vehicle use in the city and welcome tourism from patrons with electric vehicles. More bike lanes and bike shares, especially in West Manchester, would make carbon emission free travel in the city much easier. I would also like to see the rail trails connect through the city instead of ending at the city and not connecting to each otherI would also like to see more investments in community gardens and public parks. A mix of food producing and pollinator gardens would be a wonderful addition to the city. More trees in the city to reduce heat and increase carbon sequestration.
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  • h4cksaw 10 months ago
    I'm going to write in MANCHESTER SKATEPARK for the 2020 elections. Skateparks are healthy place for mentorship and a constructive outlet for the youth in the community. In today's fast pace age of phones and swagways sometimes its important to unplug and just ride.
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  • Josh H 10 months ago
    Skatepark. One of the few ways my younger siblings stay active is through scooters and skateboards. Sometimes I'm not available to give them rides to other towns to use skateparks so they'll just head outside and skate the streets. Makes me nervous one of them could get in trouble or hit by a car. It would be nice for them to have a place in the city they could head to again. Skateboarding is now recognized by the Olympics and I believe its important to encourage youth to get into more active hobbies and a skatepark would he a great place to start.
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    • James V 10 months ago
      Would be really cool to have a skate park under the Bridge Street Bridge. That space is not used for anything and has an urban feel. Could be alot like the project in Boston.
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    • h4cksaw 10 months ago
      Let's get this project started! The skate scene has vastly matured over the past decade and we can provided a safe place for our community to get out a shred the gnar!
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  • Jmc 10 months ago
    As the old skatepark has been torn down we need to create a plan for a new skatepark. When done properly a well designed skatepark will attract many people from other towns as well as out of state. The Burlington VT and Lynch Family skatepark in Boston both attract people from all over New England and beyond. Even Nashua’s new skatepark attracts people from several surrounding states.
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    • h4cksaw 10 months ago
      Totally agree, Nashua's Park is a great place to be. The park is clean and the skate community there is great. I think if Manchester put a park just out of walking distance from the heart of the city the distance would deter people who just want to "hang out" there. Those who truly want to skate would make the longer walk or drive. I think that the Flats or Rimmon Park would be great locations.
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  • AlexVogt 10 months ago
    Paying to park downtown after 5 and on Saturday should be eliminated. Encourage people to come downtown and not penalize them with parking fees
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  • nrsheikh 10 months ago
    Wellington Hill Road has an extreme amount of speeders on it. Speed limit is 25, but people are always going WELL over that and needs to be addressed. Many kids are walking along the roads to get to buss stops and each morning I see drivers speeding past them. Many times a day I am yelling at cars to slow down.
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    • nhadulted 10 months ago
      I think this is a city wide issue. Speeding, running red lights, being in the wrong lane, etc is something that does need to be addressed.
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      • AlexVogt 10 months ago
        Too many drivers on their cell phones and texting. Need enforcement. How about some speed cameras need state law change
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  • Srr 10 months ago
    It's time we get the commuter rail back in Manchester.
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  • Jody 10 months ago
    I have been a resident of Ward 8 for over 30 years, residing at the small stretch of land between the airport and what will be BAE. I am deeply concerned with the changes that are in progress and those that are to be in the near future. Right now, in addition to the huge undertaking of BAE ,we have a new Emergency Animal Hospital being built. Two areas of concern- the small cemetery right next to the new hospital and the traffic lights that serve a four lane super "highway" servicing both ends of Brown Ave. This is the first time in well over 20 + years that a property on our side of BA has been zoned "commercial." How did that come to be? There is a wonderful neighborhood elementary school on Goff's Falls Road, not far from the set of lights or BAE. The parents have expressed concern for their children daily due to traffic congestion and would welcome the assistance of an officer. The new configuration for traffic before you get to the lights allowing you to get on 101 can be horrendous with traffic tie ups, or people who do not understand how it works. I have read, along with my neighbors, that there will be NO need for concern with traffic flow. We are telling you that is absolutely not true. Even when jobs are staggered at the Airport, or other businesses surrounding that area, there is always traffic. And the traffic on this four lane super stretch slows down for no one. The speed limit is not 35, but well over 45 to 55. An officer was able to stop two cars today in a matter of 20 minutes. There isn't a place to put the speeding device- you would not be able to tell who was speeding anyway. We have a lovely park- Pine Island Park, but not over-used by any means. Very few people use the sidewalks ex:. My mailbox has been taken down six times, two serious accidents where people crossed the lines and crashed into my front walls. I think it is time to think about the infrastructure of this area. Allowing it to become half commercial and half residential with a major Airport and thriving businesses right in the middle will only continue to create more problems as the city strives to thrive . If anything, I ask that a panel in charge of roads put forth their knowledge and expertise. Our concern for the ways speed, congestion, and road rage can and will inflict harm If we continue to do nothing are for everyone's safety.
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  • abc123 10 months ago
    Motorcycle noise! Make motorists follow decibel laws. Stop speeders on "quiet streets" like Edward J Roy drive. I'm tired of contacting the police 50 times between april and november. Please install speed deterrents that don't harm plows, but please do something. Many neighbors are concerned about this.
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  • nrsheikh 10 months ago
    School bus ride for HS students should have to pay to get to and from school. This makes no sense. I know the city just passed that kids can use the city buses, but some people do NOT have a city buss stop near their homes so we are forced to pay. We pay SO much in taxes, getting the kids to and from school should be included in that.
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    • nhadulted 10 months ago
      I wonder how many duplication of routes there are for high school students. The Wellington area has several MTA bus stops on it and off the side streets as well. Are school buses going the same time as MTA buses? Several cities (NYC, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Boston) do not provide school bus services for high school students if there is a public transportation that runs the same route. I was in Chicago recently. Students were taking the L as they were going to charter schools and public transportation is not provided for Charter school students. Maybe we try to do too much in Manchester, duplicate services, an provide services that we need not provide.
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  • nhadulted 10 months ago
    Libraries. I don't use the library not due to the the people I meet there but due to the staff and set up of the library. The main library does invite me in but once I get there it is very cold an uninviting. There is no place to get comfortable with a good book. The bookstore does a better job inviting you go read in the store than the library does. Libraries should be an oasis in the storm, not part of the storm. I know the library resources get used but how much of that is Manchester resources and how much of that is state on line resources? Children should be excited to go there, not asking to go somewhere else due to the "grumpy" people.
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  • kferguson 10 months ago
    You should install an outdoor physical fitness stations along the river at Arms park where all of the workers walk during their lunch hours. One station is for sit ups, next is for pull ups etc. Burlington has one: https://enjoyburlington.com/fitness-trail/
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  • stevefinch 10 months ago
    To attract tech companies to Manchester and to convince their employees to live in the city we need to get electric vehicle chargers installed in publicly accessible areas of the city, such as the Victory Garage and on Elm Street. The state has money earmarked for car chargers from the VW diesel settlement, so please make sure that Manchester is not left out!
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  • MC64 10 months ago
    Bike Lanes: I would like to see more bicycle lanes and bicycle infrastructure. Manchester is very bikeable, but it's not safe to ride on a lot of our roads along with cars. Cars are often traveling at 40-50mph on some of our roads, and we usually do not have large enough shoulders to bike in. Painted lanes would be a good start, but protected lanes are best.
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    • TBlagden 10 months ago
      Please be aware that the state update of the bike/Ped plan will have a public hearing Sept 24 in Manchester at the library from 6:00-7:45 pm. There is also an interactive map where you can make as many specific suggestions for bike and pedestrian infrastructure as you like. Www.nhpedbikeplan.com Take advantage of this resource now.
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      • MC64 10 months ago
        I took that survey and placed some points on their map. The problem is that plan is only for state roads, not city roads. So unless the state owns the street going through Manchester, they won't update it according to that state plan. So I'm hoping to get a more bikeable Manchester through both the city and the state. Thanks for posting the link, I hope everyone contributes to the state's plan too.
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  • Raypfort 11 months ago
    What happened to all the good, big name acts/events that used to come to the arena? It seams as though based on what I have seen we are losing events to Springfield MA and other similarly sized venues. This is sad really.
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  • James V 11 months ago
    Sidewalks:My neighborhood has lovely streets and children play in the street and families regularly walk their dogs, but the sidewalk on my street has long since disappeared along with the curb. Cars now park where sidewalks used to be and people walk in the middle of the street. My street is slow and walking in the middle of the street is perfectly safe, but some nearby streets are busy and really would benefit from well maintained sidewalks. I am especially interested in this because my daughter walks to school and I like to ride my bicycle to work from time to time.
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