Master Plan Ideas

We are conducting an opinion survey on the five alternatives for the future of the Wherry Quarter shown above. We are also asking people if they would like to see the Wherry Quarter and the South Waterfront area become part of Fort Monroe National Monument. If you are unable to respond on one of these survey forms (shown below) then please e-mail us with your opinions at Thanks for your interest and your involvement in Fort Monroe.

“Flattish, largely symmetrical, and enormous, Fort Monroe resembled a seven-pointed star. Its seven bastions—the points of the star that jutted out from the structure—were designed so that an enemy approaching the fort would cross through a killing ground of murderous crossfire. An attacker would also have to contend with a curved battery guarding the spit of land to the north. A land attacker would face high walls, earthen embankments, and a dangerous moat.” — Army History Magazine, Winter 2008

The Town Hall Ideas website has been reopened. The original six topics have been archived and you can view them online. We encourage you to take part in the new round of topics and to make the point in your ideas and comments that the Wherry Quarter and South Waterfront area should become a part of Fort Monroe National Monument and to second the ideas of others that also make such a statement. More information at

We supporters of a Grand Public Place at Fort Monroe need to increase our participation on the Mindmixer website to the point that the popularity of our view can’t be denied!

The point result is heavily weighted toward those who initiate the ideas. A person who seconds an idea may believe just as strongly in it as the originator of the idea, but in the process of seconding the idea gets 2 points, whereas the originator gets 10 points. Thus the more popular a few ideas are, the smaller the number of participants it takes to reach 50% of the total points generated.

A fairer method would be to measure popularity of ideas by assigning 1 point for the initial idea and one point for each time it is seconded and not worry about who initiated the idea.

In most ordinary circumstances a small number of participants will generate half or more of the points. Most participants, when they see an idea that they agree with, will be much more likely to second it than to rewrite it in their own words as their own idea. Therefore a handful of people who get their ideas out there first will bring in the most seconds and therefore the most points. WE URGE YOU TO, IN ADDITION TO SECONDING THE BEST IDEAS, TO TAKE THE TIME TO CREATE SOME IDEAS OF YOUR OWN SUPPORTING THE INCLUSION OF THE WHERRY QUARTER AND SOUTH WATERFRONT AREA IN FORT MONROE NATIONAL MONUMENT!

Don’t worry about repeating what’s been said before. The more who say it the better for our cause.              Please read the examples below:

On June 19, 2012, as part of the presentation by Sasaki, the eight slides below were shown:

Please read over what is here plus additional information on the website. You need to sign up first and then you can take part in the discussion by responding to comments of others or initiating new comments under one of the six main headings.


The more people who make comments supporting Fort Monroe the better. You can make as many comments as you like and respond to the comments of other people as often as you like. There is even a scoring system as described below to determine degree of participation. 

Please emphasize the importance of a unified Fort Monroe National Monument that includes the Wherry Quarter and the south waterfront area (i.e. Batteries Parrott and Irwin, and the land on the water side of Fenwick Road between them and the Wherry Quarter), as well as strict standards to preserve all of the historic buildings on Fort Monroe.

NOTE: Most of the information below comes from the FMA/Sasaki Town Hall Website 

Each of the six categories above is discussed in detail below:

(1) Is the “Peninsula” a great region? How can Fort Monroe contribute to the identification of the “Peninsula” as a great region?
Is Fort Monroe identifiable as part of the Hampton Roads region? How does it contribute to the identification of the Hampton Roads region?

Please share your own inspiring examples of great regions.

A region is a spatial term that includes interconnected human and natural systems with unique and/or defining characteristics. A region is defined by a network of villages, towns, cities and developed land with unique characteristics that are connected by natural and ecological systems such as watersheds, hills/mountains, floodplains and agricultural lands. A great region has iconic characteristics that are easily recognizable such as regions like Napa Valley, Cape Cod, Vermont, the North Carolina Barrier Islands, and the Smokey Mountains, among others.

What’s Your Idea?

(2) How does Fort Monroe contribute to Hampton being recognized as a great city? What specific recommendations do you have for connecting Fort Monroe to Hampton physically, socially, and economically?

Please share your own inspiring examples of great cities and towns.

Cities and towns are comprised of diverse land uses such as residential neighborhoods, a downtown/town center, retail and employment districts, institutions such as schools and hospitals, parks and recreation spaces, and transportation systems. Great cities and towns are characterized by their recognizable buildings, downtowns, neighborhoods, institutions, civic spaces, streets/parkways and natural features such as waterfronts and rivers. Think nationally of San Francisco, Boston, Portland (OR and ME), and regionally such as Alexandria, Charlottesville, Williamsburg, Annapolis, Charleston, and Savannah, among others.

(3) Fort Monroe has the physical and natural qualities found in many great communities, with its historic buildings, landscapes, and waterfronts. What characteristics should define Fort Monroe as a great community in which residents and visitors live, work, learn, and play?

Please share your own inspiring examples of great neighborhoods.

A neighborhood is a geographically localized community within a city or town. Neighborhoods are often defined by buildings, houses, and streets of a similar scale and character. They are social communities with considerable face-to-face contact among residents. Neighborhoods are the spatial units in which social

interactions occur and where residents seek to realize their values. Great neighborhoods include places like Georgetown in Washington DC, Beacon Hill/Back Bay in Boston, College Hill in Providence, RI, the Upper East/West Sides in New York City, Winter Park in Orlando, FL, Highland Park in Birmingham, AL, and German Village in Columbus, OH, among others. The neighborhoods of Ghent in Norfolk and Hilton Village in Newport News are exemplary local examples.

(4) Fort Monroe has many buildings and undeveloped parcels that are suitable for educational, health care, religious and other institutional uses. How can Fort Monroe accommodate institutions that would further contribute to the quality of life on the Peninsula and in Hampton Roads?

Please share your own inspiring examples of great institutions.

Every great community has strong institutions that provide education, religious, government and health care services to the residents. Institutions include public and private schools (primary, secondary and higher education), places for worship, government agencies (local/state/federal), community and non-profit organizations for social purposes, and health care services such as clinics and hospitals. Fort Monroe was also the long-time home to one of the country’s most important institutions, a US Army post. These types of institutions provide important social and civic services and stability to their community, in addition to being a leading source of employment and economic activity. Great institutions nationally include Duke University, The Mayo Clinic, and The Johns Hopkins Hospital, and regionally the University of Virginia, College of William and Mary, Hampton University, and the Norfolk Naval Shipyard, among many others.

(5) How do we ensure that the pedestrian friendly street network is retained and extended within Fort Monroe?

Please share your own inspiring examples of great streets.

Great streets are hard to find today. The rise of automobile ownership after World War II led to rapid suburbanization and the decline of pedestrian friendly streets. Because much of Fort Monroe was built prior to the widespread use of the car, and due to careful conservation of its historic qualities, it retains a high quality pedestrian oriented street network and public realm that differentiates it from typical suburban environments.

Great streets provide the framework for high quality residential, commercial, and institutional development and include Commonwealth Avenue, Newbury and Marlborough Streets (Boston), Roslyn Place (Pittsburgh), Bleecker Street (Greenwich Village) and the neighborhood streets of historic Charleston, Savannah and Williamsburg, among many others.

(6) Fort Monroe has many opportunities for great small scale civic spaces; however, with the addition of the US National Park Service planning for a National Monument at Fort Monroe, there is an extraordinary opportunity for something special to happen.
What kinds of civic spaces should be planned for Fort Monroe? What should be included in the future Fort Monroe National Monument?
Please share your own inspiring examples of great civic spaces.

Walking is the #1 sport in the US and the highest value communities are characterized by direct access to green spaces. Great communities provide high quality spaces for active and passive recreation and civic events. Parks and green spaces provide places for gatherings, social interaction, play, and athletic events in addition to important ecological benefits to improve the environment. Fort Monroe’s waterfront setting and beaches, and its significant off-street pedestrian network, provide additional recreational benefits to the community. Parks and green spaces add value to and improve the marketability of adjacent residential, commercial and institutional development. Great parks and civic spaces occur at several scales from Central Park in New York City, Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, Millennium Park in Chicago, and the River Walk in San Antonio; to Prospect Park in Brooklyn; and to smaller scale civic space such as Bryant Park in mid-town Manhattan, the Boston Public Garden, the Charleston Waterfront Park, the historic squares of Savannah, among many others.


The map above shows in red the Wherry Quarter and the South Waterfront areas that are in danger of being developed.


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