College group seeks Mount Angel citizens' input during field study
The city of Mount Angel is the subject of a university class that focuses on how to make small downtowns more sustainable and eco-friendly, and local residents have an opportunity to participate in their research.
Members of the University of Oregons Green Cities class will take part in a field study this Saturday, starting at 8:30 a.m. in the Mount Angel Fire Hall.
At 9 a.m., organizers will make an introductory presentation, followed by a 10 a.m. tour of downtown Mount Angel. at 11 a.m. will be a teleconference with another college group that also specializes in urban design and planning in Gdansk, Poland. After a noon lunch, participants will get a group photo taken by an unmanned aerial vehicle and will separate into design groups, focusing on downtown revitalization, public space, the towns Bavarian theme, tourism development, public art and programming. Conclusions will be shared and discussed at 3:45 p.m.
The idea is to adopt a community, go there and figure how to introduce green measures and sustainability into the downtown vision, City Administrator Eileen Stein said. Hopefully it will create a sense for residents how Mount Angel could be improved and how we can build on our strengths.