Phase 1 Public Input Summary

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Thank you to everyone who participated in the first Phase (Phase I) of the Gunnison Vibrancy Initiative – Honoring the Past, Embracing the Future. We worked throughout May, June and July gathering community input to understand people’s ideas, hopes and vision for our downtown. Conversations with the public focused on identifying assets, challenges, opportunities and aspirations for the downtown through a variety of engagement activities including idea boxes, public meetings, online surveys and presentations to community organizations.

We analyzed all the input we received to determine if there were cross-cutting themes in what people were saying. The full summary of information we received in Phase I can be found HERE. Several themes did emerge from this assessment, as shown in the “Input Summary” table below. In general, people want to see us focus on and improve the sense of place and authenticity downtown provides. This relates to the way buildings are designed and fit into the downtown context, the way streets are designed and function, supporting a healthy business environment, and doing a better job to engage Western into the community.

Given the clear interest forming around these themes, we have used them to form draft goal statements, which will be presented for your feedback during the next phase (Phase II) of the project in the coming weeks.

Input Summary

Theme (draft goal statement) # of References Examples of Public Comments
Preserving and Enhancing Sense of Place 475
Physical Character and Identity 211 “Keep downtown character and history while beautifying fronts”
Activities and Programming 264 “More arts and entertainment”
“Encourage sidewalk eating and drinking”
 Theme (draft goal statement) # of References Examples of Public Comments
Downtown Streets: Safety and Ease of Use 454
Pedestrians 183 “Make the pedestrian crosswalks safer”
“Sidewalk bump-outs”
Traffic Calming 83 “Slower speeds on Main Street and Highway 50 coming through town”
Parking 57 “Need better parking ideas”
General Infrastructure Improvements 46 “No center median”
Bicycles 45 “Lights that work with bicycles”
Truck Traffic 40 “Establish a truck route”
 Theme (draft goal statement) # of References Examples of Public Comments
Supporting a Healthy Business Environment 169
Supporting a Healthy Business Environment 169 “More business diversity”
“Supporting innovative and diverse businesses”
 Theme (draft goal statement) # of References Examples of Public Comments
Connecting Western and Downtown 58
Connecting Western and Downtown 58 “Connecting campus with business owners-the two are exclusive right now”
“More interaction between the community of Gunnison and Western students”
Others Themes (not draft goal statements) # of References Examples of Public Comments
Other 93
An Engaged Community 43 “We have the people, organizations, and brains to make good things happen”
Government and Leadership 15 “We need a leadership program”
Sustainability 4 “Set the standard for small town sustainability and livability.”
Housing and Affordability 19 “Needs affordable housing of workers”
All Other 12 “Too much ‘I’ thinking”

What do you think? Leave us a comment below, and please stay tuned for information announcing Phase II activities, where we will dive into these topics in greater detail. Right now, we are planning a series of Learning Workshops during October 18 & 19, and a “Design and Implementation Charrette” November 1 – 3. We will give more background and specifics on time, date, and location as we get closer to these events.

For a detailed summary of comments and a complete appendix of all input received to date, CLICK HERE.

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– Downtown Leadership Committee


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  • Alexandria

    As previous (2015 -2017) Program Director for WSCU’s radio station KWSB 91.1 FM I think there is a lot of potential in connecting Western and the Gunnison Community. By making efforts to include community members in the radio stations events on and off air, the community can communicate with Western students better, and visa versa. The students that run the station have a lot on their plates dealing with school WHILE running a radio station which takes a lot of time management and communication because they are literally managing students while they are students themselves. If the station managers see effort from the Gunnison Community and a followed through commitment to connect the two, the students will be more motivated to run the station more towards serving the community AND Western. Currently, I think the Gunnison Community listens to 91.1FM more than the on-campus halls. The more programming on-air, the more the community and campus will want to listen to the station. However, the station needs more effort from community members because the students have enough on their plate. This year there are more students employees to make things happen but it’s still difficult to commit time, especially when there are breaks and people going home for the holidays and when there are finals to be studied for. It is also difficult to keep programs when another year comes around because there are new students taking over the station. . . Just a thought from an Alumni who loves Western and Gunnison as a community. It makes me smile from ear to ear to see that the community is taking their city into their own hands to improve upon the economy and working TOGETHER. As a millennial, I see the world expanding, and I see people growing apart; Growing into “themselves,” which is great – everyone needs to value themselves more. BUT, the world is going to fall apart if we don’t place ourselves in specific components that help advance a community. A place where people strive to better themselves to better the community. Please make an effort to get into contact with the station manager Christian Saez. He is an astounding individual and is doing a lot to help the station. They have recently had some vandalism issues but this gives everyone time to meet and brainstorm and impact each other. Thanks for listening!!!!

    Alexandria Palmer

    please email Christian

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