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Public Realm


Foster Interest and Activity Along Commercial Streets


Bainbridge Island is fortunate to have strong and active retail “main streets” in Winslow, Lynwood and Rolling Bay. New development should reinforce the scale and positive attributes of these commercial streets with pedestrian-scale interest and activities.


a.   Support adjacent sidewalks and public spaces with active ground floor uses and amenities such as displays and seating, and public art.

b.   Place doors, windows, balconies and street-level uses to provide lines of sight for natural surveillance of the street, private and public realm.

c.   Build in multiple entries to allow for smaller storefronts, and design to allow retail facades to be adapted to the particular users to give spaces interest and character. 

d.   Locate utility areas away from active spaces on commercial streets.

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