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JOHN PITCHER WORLD-HERALD STAFF WRITER wrote:What will Omaha look like in 20 years?
It will be a place of decorative streetlights and tree-lined medians, of benches without advertising and trash bins with attractive enclosures.
Bicycle lanes will hug the roads. And colorful signs will point people to downtown civic and cultural destinations.
That, in any case, is the vision of the new Omaha Streetscape Handbook.
The publication, sponsored by Omaha By Design, lists 29 "streetscape" components — ranging from benches and bicycle racks to streetlights and bus shelters — that should conform to specific new guidelines.
Connie Spellman, Omaha By Design's director, says the handbook is not a mandate for immediate change. Rather, it is a road map to guide architects and city planners when they undertake future construction or redevelopment projects.
"We see the handbook as another tool to help the city with its urban planning," Spellman said.
Last August, the City Council adopted new urban design and zoning codes, which had been developed by Omaha By Design over several years. The handbook provides the nitty-gritty details of those code revisions.
In drafting its handbook, Omaha By Design and its task force of architects, engineers and urban planning volunteers looked at the guides of other cities.
Omaha's handbook was designed to be a complete guide for developers, providing detailed information about how streets should look, as well as setting out philosophical principles of urban design.