Mitigating thoughts about the pandemic:
Currently, pending a vaccine, physical separation with lock-down have proven to be the only effective means of limiting the spread of the current virus..
A recent article in the NY Times (Wednesday. May 5th – “Rethinking the Blueprint for Denser Living” raised the question of continuing to build multi family multi-story mixed use residential buildings with common hallways, reception areas, garages and access points to satisfy the push for city growth.
The article points to “Town House” designs with limited common access points as being a more efficient isolation design. (Note: the original POCD proposal, 2008, called for town houses on West Avenue.)
This raises the question, what are, if any, hot spots in Norwalk?
Are the new multi family mixed use buildings (West Avenue, Glover Avenue, Maritime Center building’s as examples,) “hot spots’ for a virus? Are the many, older multi family converted 1 or 2 family residences, hot spots?
Analyzing current hospital records and other medical sources (without affecting personal privacy) would help answer that question.
If so, there should be an immediate moratorium on similar new construction until (and if) building designs can be modified to minimize (preferably eliminate) neighborly contact.
Similarly, all Norwalk “hot spot” locations should be expeditiously normalized. Our medical advisers are certain of another virus wave.
A program for retrofitting current “hot spot” structures should be created, implemented to a public schedule.