Worthington Street District
Utile worked with Ninigret Partners and Nelson\Nygaard to develop a neighborhood strategy for Springfield, Massachusetts, after a set of downtown city blocks were destroyed following a gas explosion. Using that event as an opportunity to envision a broader redevelopment for the neighborhood during the process of rebuilding, Utile envisioned a series of strategic public space interventions, including the redevelopment of a square that had fallen into disrepair. Nelson\Nygaard developed typologies of streets to replace the underutilized arterials running through the district. Utile and Ninigret Partners also came up with reuse scenarios for housing, hotels, and innovation incubator spaces that could both be financially viable, attractive to the public realm, and poised to capture increased traffic from the growing innovation economy centered around the greater Boston metropolitan area.