Murals focus of Destination Downtown tour

Murals focus of Destination Downtown tour

first_imgTry describing the who, when, where and why of Vancouver’s Destination Downtown and run the risk of falling into a pot of bureaucratic alphabet soup: In 2006, state lawmakers passed the Commute Trip Reduction (CTR) Efficiency Act, under which local jurisdictions had to develop CTR plans. Cities could designate a Growth and Transportation Efficiency Center (GTEC) and implement policies aimed at reducing drive-alone trips. The money for Destination Downtown, Vancouver’s GTEC, comes from a $100,000 annual Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) grant from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA).Whew.On Tuesday, it was simpler to just focus on the what: A 30-minute lunchtime walking tour of downtown murals. For more information about Destination Downtown or to order your free commute kit, go to the Destination Downtown website.The free event was led by Derek Hofbauer, Destination Downtown’s employer outreach coordinator who works for Alta Planning + Design, a Portland company that Vancouver contracts with to manage the program. Last year Hofbauer led a tour of Uptown Village, which has been added to the Destination Downtown project boundary, but Tuesday was the first tour he’d given of downtown murals. His tour attracted about three dozen people, who were interested in hearing about the murals and exploring downtown, but they were mostly retired people who don’t work downtown and therefore don’t seem to fit the target audience for Destination Downtown. But they were given a book with coupons for more than 70 downtown businesses. While walking to mural sites, Hofbauer not only explained the work being done by the Clark County Mural Society to help make downtown a more vibrant place. He also pointed out restaurants, bars, coffee shops and retail stores.last_img

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