In the wide interspaces between the existing east-west thoroughfares there are many local streets already built, and many more contemplated or actually under construction. Gradually, in a long term of years, all these wild lands will be traversed by roads as the population of the Town increases. These roads will be built by private initiative in order to provide access to parcels of land which will be lotted and sold by private individuals. It is for the interest of these individuals to make the access to the lots as attractive as possible to purchasers. Purchasers desire from the Town adequate fire protection, water supply, sewer connection, and policing. The Town can supply these needs most promptly and most cheaply on the basis of a convenient system of main thoroughfares designed to accomplish these ends and to provide the transportation facilities which are involved. It is not necessary for the Town, however, to secure these economical and desirable streets at once by actual purchase and construction. On the contrary, it is only necessary for the Town to guide the development of the streets which are in any case to be built as a result of the private activities described above. Gradually the Town can bring into existence by a policy of guiding, and without extra cost either to the individuals or to the Town, a system of through streets planned at the start to give the best possible service to the occupants of the land. At the same time this service would be rendered at the least cost to the Town and would advance the most satisfactory growth of the community as a whole. It is the function of Town Planning to secure these desirable and important ends in this efficient way, but the matter must be taken in hand promptly, otherwise the work cannot be carried out well or at little cost. The accompanying plan of the Town shows the opportunity to create by this gradual process in a field already occupied by many small local street schemes and already open to private land subdivision, a system of eight additional east-west thoroughfares and diagonals, making, with the four which now exist, a total of twelve thoroughfares and diagonals. These twelve east-west thoroughfares and diagonals when combined with the ten north-south through streets and diagonals would create a system of thoroughfares crossing the Town at sufficient intervals to accommodate through and local traffic in all quarters and to permit the extension of utilities and public services at a minimum cost. (See general plan for Town at end of report.)

1923 Norwood Planning Board Report


This Day In Norwood History-May 19, 1923-Planning Board Has Done Excellent Work

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Published and Presented With the Compliments of George F. WillettChairman Town Planning Board1912 – 1923 Report of ARTHUR A. SHURTLEFF, Town Planner SUPPLEMENTARY REPORTS :Zoning, by JOHN P. FOX, ConsultantCivic Center, by HARRY J. CARLSON, ArchitectandLegal Aspects, by FLAVEL SHURTLEFF,…


1923 Planning Board Report-Plan for the Vicinity of Center of the Town

The plan on pages 20 and 21 for the center of Norwood is an integral part of the general plan proposed for the Town as a whole. The development of the center cannot be considered separately from the development of…


1923 Planning Board Report-Vicinity of High Bridge

The complicated and dangerous arrangement of roadways, railway tracks for electric and steam cars, in combination with a narrow underpass in the High Bridge district illustrates forcibly the costly results of allowing important road junctions to “happen by chance.” It…


1923 Planning Board Report-Streets Near Norwood Railroad Station

In the course of the general program of the state for the abolishment of railway grade crossings, the present dangerous crossing at Railroad Avenue will be abolished. This work should be undertaken, however, not only with an eye to the…


1923 Planning Board Report-Existing North-South Through Streets

The existing through streets of Norwood, as shown above, were laid out in times before the construction of the steam railroads, before the large industries were established, and, of course, long before the development of modern housing and the beginnings…

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1923 Planning Board Report-Proposed Additional North-South Through Streets and Diagonals

In the outlying districts of the Town where new houses and new streets are springing up, the individual land owners have used and are still using customary skill and foresight in the planning of individual lots to meet the desires…


1923 Planning Board Report-Development of Clark Swamp District

The built-up area of Norwood is gradually approaching the margins of the Clark Swamp district. Under good or bad planning this entire neighborhood is destined to be crossed by streets and built up with dwellings. The cost of this work…


This Day in Norwood History-January 22, 1948-Norwood 25 Years Ahead Of Dedham In Master Planning

But Many Phases Of Shurcliff Report Never Carried Out Here The neighboring town of Dedham has received the spotlight of publicity since the appearance, four weeks ago, of an Attractive 100-page booklet, profusely illustrated with diagrams, maps, statistical charts, and…


1923 Planning Board Report-Schools, Parks and Playgrounds

On the accompanying map are shown the public schools of Norwood. They are grouped most closely near the center of the Town with scattered buildings on the outskirts. Evidently school locations will follow the centers of new growth, but the…