Basically I think while the city could certainly use a fresh new plan it seems that the majority of the goals outlined on this plan 13 years ago have yet to be achieved so maybe we shouldn't be spending hundreds of thousands of dollars paying more firms to come up with a nice new plan and spend that money actually accomplishing some of the goals we set out to complete over a decade ago. Parking is still horrendous, our streets are falling apart, there is still no decent pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure, lets actually make a change...not just another million dollar document. From reading over the Denton Plan I found a few things that really jumped out to me from pg. 142-146. There are dozens of them that seemed to have fallen short but the following stood out to me�
"Balance the removal of long and short-term on-street parking over time with the availability of non-auto modes and with the availability of off-street parking, in part to preserve the vitality of commercial areas."
"Integrate transit stops, stations, and hubs into existing communities and business districts to make it easy for people to ride transit and to reach local businesses. Provide adequate lighting, security, pedestrian amenities, and weather protection. Minimize the negative impacts of transit service and facilities on surrounding areas."
"With supportive land use and transportation policies, walking and bicycling can be practical alternatives to driving (especially for short trips), contribute greatly to the quality and vitality of the street scene, and help achieve environmental goals. Pedestrian and bike improvements to intersections, sidewalks, and other facilities can improve access and safety, and are particularly important for children, senior citizens, people with disabilities, low to moderate income residents, and people who choose to use this mode of transportation."