The Southside 2005 Plan
The Southside 2005 Plan was prepared by a consulting firm hired by the city and in collaboration with city staff and the community. You can download or view the entire report here or by clicking the image, right.
This brief excerpt describes the Southside of the future from the perspective of those who worked on it in 2005:
POSTCARDS FROM THE FUTURE
Southside’s unique character and amenities attract residents and tourists alike. A restored Route 66, informing people of the way America traveled in the 1920s-60s, runs through the historic Southside neighborhood in Flagstaff. Over the years, the neighborhood has strived for and achieved a walkable quality with 2-way streets, traffic calming, streets lined with majestic trees, bike racks and furniture, supporting the commercial and residential uses. A bustling farmers’ market and adjacent small shops serves residents and tourists, pulling in people from all over, on foot, through the trails, on bikes, by transit and by car. Local artists offer their works in the live-work studios. This together with other businesses and cultural activities on Phoenix, San Francisco and Beaver Streets, forms the vibrant hub of Southside.
Parking is available on street and in parking lots tucked away from sight, in line with the aims of the Southside Parking District, which, allocates parking on a district level. New housing is available to new residents, NAU faculty and residents in 2-3 story apartments. New development is of anappropriate scale and character and preserves views to the mountains. Historic buildings like the Handball Court and Tourist Home make up a larger historic district and have been restored and preserved and put to use. Southside also serves as an arts district to Flagstaff with artists contributing from all over the Coconino County. A public gathering place that doubles as a concert venue, provides civic identity and pride to Southside. Smaller pocket parks dot the area.
The neighborhood has a relaxed air with a bohemian, blue collar, and ethnically diverse population. Because of community programs over the years, some in local churches and community centers, there are fewer transients and homeless people on the streets. Community programs serve the area with the help of residents, NAU and school students. The Rio de Flag, once a feared source of flooding, is now a public greenway winding through the neighborhood.
--The Southside 2005 Plan: Strategies for Development
It is exciting to see how many of these aspirations have come to pass: small shops serving residents and tourists, local artists and small galleries moving in, historic buildings repurposed and restored—what many recognize as the beginning of an arts district. Parking should also improve when the new Parking District is implemented this year.
If the northwest Southside area is turned into a series of large, high-density housing projects, what has successfully begun would certainly be halted and redirected, it's current, historic land use changed forever.