Monday, June 22, 2009

Re-Imagining Our Roads

The Orlando Sentinel published the following op-ed:

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West Colonial Drive near Kirkman--typical arterial road sprawl.

Village at Lake Lilly Apartments, Maitland, Florida

9th of July Avenue--Note the low speed lanes on the side for local traffic. Even the billboards blend into the built environment. "We don't need Buenos Aires' scale, but we do need vertical mixed use buildings..."

Buenos Aires street life--Parked cars buffer pedestrians and cafe patrons

Charles de Gaulle Avenue in Paris. Again, medians separate lanes for slower, local traffic. Boulevards like this one inspired 9th of July Avenue.

Here's an interesting video about multi-way boulevards constructed in San Francisco after the City tore down elevated freeways:

San Francisco: Removal of the Embarcadero Freeway from Streetfilms on Vimeo.