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July 31, 2017

“Linger Longer” will test changes in Old Town

The “Linger Longer” demonstration project will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Main and South Fifth streets in Warrenton.
The PATH Foundation’s summer interns plan a demonstration project to encourage people to “Linger Longer” on South Fifth and Main streets in Old Town Warrenton.

The project will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 5.
 
“Linger Longer” will employ a temporary setup to demonstrate what a more accessible and walkable Old Town might look like.
 
The project seeks to encourage people to spend more time in Old Town, taking advantage space that may not be used consistently. The plan includes a one-day installation of a wider sidewalk, extended crosswalks or “bump-outs” for pedestrian safety and a partial closure of South Fifth Street.
 
The PATH Foundation’s nine interns met weekly for the last eight weeks to brainstorm, plan and execute the project. The exercise helped them develop leadership and project management skills in addition to their individual intern assignments.
 
“We are excited that our interns have the opportunity to do impactful work in the community, while also expanding their professional experiences,” PATH Foundation Program Associate Margy Eastham said.
 
After noting the difficulties that pedestrians face in Old Town Warrenton and performing a walk audit of South Fifth Street, the interns researched other successful demonstration projects and arranged to set up traffic counters to collect evidence.
 
“Linger Longer” represents the culmination of their research and planning, and the interns hope that it will address issues of walkability, pedestrian safety and community cohesion.
 
Along with their group meetings, the interns also consulted with the Town of Warrenton staff, including Director of Planning Brandie Schaeffer.
 
“I am thankful to have the PATH Foundation interns working on their summer internship project to create a conversation around the role of a healthier and more walkable community,” Ms. Schaeffer said. “The demonstration project allows for the testing of new ideas that can lead to action based on data and real-life findings.”
 
The project will take place at the same time as the Warrenton Farmer’s Market on Saturday.
 
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citizen observer · August 1, 2017 at 9:03 am
To widen sidewalks I would imagine they are removing parking spaces. Good thing they are doing this on a Saturday.

If the Town buys into this as a permanent solution they better build a parking garage somewhere.
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