booksaboutthesame t1_iw2k4g7 wrote

Yeah, this whole area used to be "small rural/suburban towns," but that is changing (and has been changing for the past 20 years.) We can either stick our heads in the sand or be smart about it. Littleton has plenty of potential for growth without losing its rural charm (eg, Springdell Farm was just permitted to expand their composting operations, which will allow them to keep the farm.)

The best locations for growth are hubs like 119/495 and 110/495: easy on/off access to 495, most amenities are already right there (groceries, restaurants, offices, etc.) Adding a public transit/bus line option along 110 decreases traffic. Linking to the commuter rail further decreases traffic. Want less traffic? Build a robust public transit system.


booksaboutthesame t1_ivy3nb4 wrote

Supposedly, there will be public transit options to get folks to the commuter rail station. It’d be rad if the town also started a bus route along 110 — including the Point, this development, etc.

Or we could just budget an extra 5-10 min into our travel time and not bitch about it.


booksaboutthesame t1_ivtt3g7 wrote

Because it's a terrible parking lot layout. No clear pathways for pedestrians through the bigger lots, no traffic calming implements aside from the rotary so folks just rip through, etc. It makes more sense for someone to get in their car and drive to the other stores than to walk, which defeats the purpose of The Point.


booksaboutthesame t1_iv0y26p wrote

Sand is cheaper. The various salts/brines are more expensive, have specific timing for when they need to be applied in order to be effective, are only effective within certain temperature ranges, and some are challenging to store.

There might also be local/state regulations about what can be put down (eg, if the roads are near a drinking water supply, etc.)