Great Streets Initiative: City of Mascoutah

The City of Mascoutah, Illinois is a growing community located about 30 miles east of St. Louis City. The project area focused primarily on the Main Street corridor in downtown Mascoutah, extending from 6th Street east to Mine Road. The middle half of the study area extended south to State Street and north to include Church Street. The plan also included development of a bicycle and pedestrian network for the entire community.   Project consultants developed a series of white papers which EWG, collaborating with city staff, used as the basis for the Mascoutah Great Streets Strategic Planning Report. The goal for the planning report was to create a concise practical tool that the community could use to make Main Street a great street.  The planning process relied on community input, an examination of existing conditions (e.g. transportation, land use and urban design, environmental, economic), and the identification of strategies for improving the corridor and potential funding sources to support the improvements. The process led the project team to identify specific recommendations to improve connectivity for pedestrians and cyclists, create an identity along Main Street, revitalize businesses, increase commercial activity, enhance the neighborhoods around the project corridor, and to increase green infrastructure.