In this episode, John connects with
Jeffrey Bagg, City Planner for Easthampton, Massachusetts

They discuss how this historic mill town is striving to connect people to meaningful destinations by leveraging their beloved Manhan Rail Trail while expanding its connectivity and reach through new infrastructure, creative installations, and traffic calming measures.

Show Notes:

Easthampton, Massachusetts, and Jeffrey Bagg, City Planner were suggested for the Podcast by one of our listeners. The following is a brief description that was provided as part of this suggestion:

“Easthampton’s a small Western Mass city that’s more aptly a dense village. They’re trailblazing out there doing amazing work that other small-scale communities should try and replicate; investing in a fantastic rail trail, a pedestrian boardwalk, traffic calming roundabouts, raised crosswalks, and new trailheads. It’s also surrounded by jaw-dropping natural beauty.”

In the conversation, Jeff discusses some of the challenges and opportunities the city is facing as they move to relocate an elementary school, leverage connectivity through the existing popular Manhan Rail Trail, and work to slow motor vehicles speeds in the vital downtown areas where people are likely to be walking, cycling, and lingering.

Additional Helpful Links:

Easthampton Planning Department

Mt Tom North Trailhead Park

Easthampton Planning Dept Facebook Page

Easthampton Planning Dept Instagram

MassDOT Shared Streets

MillPond Live

Tactical Urbanism

Show Credits:

Audio Production by Active Towns

A not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping communities create a Culture of Activity.

Creative Commons License: Attributions Non-Commercial No Derivatives 2021

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Music: Various Logic Pro X mixes by John Simmerman