plan for a Lincoln Town Green drawn by Sonja Johansson was a catalyst for a
Town Center Master Planning effort by the Town of Lincoln, Massachusetts.
downtown was little more than a large mall parking lot with a few shops on
both sides of the main street. The Town’s Planning Board was faced with
several difficult decisions regarding a proposed expansion of the Post
Office and two other Lincoln retail buildings. The Board was in the process
of reviewing plans on a piecemeal basis.
Johansson’s plan illustrated how the existing main street
could be converted to a New England Town Green by splitting the traffic flow
one way into the existing unattractive mall parking lot and widening an
existing area of large trees. In addition to the aesthetic improvements, the
plan resolved several of the towns problems: a Town Green would link the
commercial areas, encourage pedestrian circulation, improve the sense of
arrival to the downtown area, slow traffic through town and increase the
retail curb appeal.