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BWLI Students and Committee

MCLA to Present 'Eagle Street Rising'

04/17/2013

NORTH ADAMS, MASS. - Students from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts' (MCLA) Green Living Seminar course, along with their professor, Dr. Elena Traister, will present "Eagle Street Rising," a "Better Block" project, on Saturday, April 27, from noon to 4 p.m., on Eagle Street in the downtown.

"Eagle Street Rising" is a part of a larger effort of Better Block projects to revitalize streets across the country with the goal of implementing changes that spur downtown revitalization. As a Better Block project, the MCLA students aim to demonstrate how Eagle Street might be improved by redesigning pedestrian infrastructure and creating a vibrant atmosphere.

This event, which is free and open to the public, will feature several pop-up businesses, art, music and more.

In preparation for the event, MCLA will hold a "Build it Day" at noon on Saturday, April 20, at 107 Main St. Students and volunteers will build what is needed for "Eagle Street Rising," including street furniture from reclaimed wood,  sign, and a bicycle rack.

According to Traister, the class will demonstrate some long-term changes that could be put into place on Eagle Street. They will include some expanded café-style seating for local restaurants and a crosswalk placed in the middle of the street to encourage people to go from one side to the other.

"We are elevating the role of the pedestrian equal to that to the car," Traister said. "Because of the redesign of the street, cars hopefully will be going a lot slower. We'll be painting a bike symbol on the street and encouraging bike traffic, as well."

Those who attend the event will have the opportunity to not only see what some changes might look like, but to leave their feedback for the students, who will present that information in a final report on the project to the City of North Adams.

MCLA's Green Living Seminar series hosts lectures focusing on a different aspect of sustainability and the environment each semester.

For more information, go to Eagle Street Rising on Facebook, or contact Traister at 413-662-5303 or elena.traister@mcla.edu.