Wilson, North Carolina (2009)
Wilson is a city of 50,000 people located in the eastern part of North Carolina off of Interstate-95. As evidenced by the many brick tobacco warehouses throughout town, agriculture was the historic economic base for the community. It has since shifted to a more conventional and balanced economy and the community continues to experience steady growth. The City hired Clarion Associates to lead the creation of a new citywide comprehensive plan, and The Walker Collaborative (TWC) - working with Third Coast Design Studio - served as a sub-consultant to Clarion. TWC's key role was to lead two public charrettes to create concept plans for various focus areas in Wilson, including two neighborhoods - the Five Points Neighborhood and the Old Wilson Mile Neighborhood. A key focus of both plans was the rehabilitation of existing historic buildings, compatible infill development, redeveloped streetscapes, and financial incentives.