As an architect, I have witnessed many occasions where the design review process has taken a good design and made it mediocre. Why is this? Isn’t the point of design review to make better buildings? Or at least prevent really bad buildings from being built. But it often does neither.
Sebastopol has a program called ‘Street Smart Sebastopol’ that has resulted in improved pedestrian features along the main routes through town. Most of these have been crosswalk improvements across streets in the downtown area. In general, these have been successful, and I feel better as a pedestrian having these improvements