Oct. 1: Main Street Design Workshop in Starkville

Oct. 1: Main Street Design Workshop in Starkville

Main Street Design Workshop

Featuring Randy Wilson, AIA

October 1, 2018

10:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M.

The Mill Conference Center

600 Russell Street | Starkville, MS 39759

Cost: $50 per person from Main Street Communities

$60 per person from Non-Member Communities


Register Here. Deadline to register: Monday, Sept. 24


If you prefer to get an invoice and pay by check, please email jeanniewaller@msmainstreet.com. You can still fill out the registration form and submit it then exit the page when it takes you to PayPal.


Cancellations within 48 hours of the event cannot be refunded.


9:30-10:00 a.m. 

Registration & Coffee


10:00 a.m. 

Getting the House in Order: Practical Design and Planning Tips for Downtown

No one would ever think of inviting people over for a party without first getting their house in order. From mowing the lawn to trimming the hedges to vacuuming the carpet to washing the dishes, these are the practical things one must do to be a consummate host. However, when it comes to our downtowns, sometimes we forget to "put our best foot forward" and wonder why our "guests" are not impressed. In this highly visual session you will learn practical design and planning tips that can both activate your downtown as well as plan your preferred future so that all of your guests leave impressed.

Moreover, this session provides a self-help diagnostic tool that helps Main Street programs evaluate their community and identify practical responses to design and planning issues that range from gateways to streetscapes, from parks and open spaces, to facades and much, much more. 



Lunch (Included)


1:00 p.m.

Walkable Communities: Practical Quality of Life for Pedestrian-Friendly Downtown

Can the "walkability" of your Main Street district translate into dollars and cents? We know that enhancing the pedestrian orientation of Main Street communities does more than keep your design committee volunteers occupied; it creates a cohesive atmosphere, improves safety for motorists and pedestrians, builds foot traffic for businesses, encourages interaction in public spaces, and adds vibrancy to the street.

In his groundbreaking book, “Walkable Cities,” Jeff Speck answered this question and many others in academic fashion. What this session endeavors to do is to simplify the ’10 Steps of Walkability’ that Speck identifies and couple it with wisdom from other practitioners such as Dan Burden and Jan Gehl such that we understand the best practices for walkability from a well-rounded perspective.

Best of all, this session synthesizes these best practices into a set of practical applications on a scale that is applicable to most of our smaller, rural cities and towns. By presenting practical and thoughtful solutions to walkability in our downtowns, we stand to add myriad quality of life benefits to our communities.


2:30 p.m.



3:00 p.m.



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