Broadly speaking it disappoints and fails to express a thorough 21st century rethink on the corridor.
Incoherence and timidity is very clear in the brochure.
|A chapter heading image shows a road diet|
Since the recommendation is not for a road diet (except the four blocks between 13th and 17th), a more representative image would have been a photo version of the four through-lane section, which is the majority of the corridor. It would be stroady, of course, and almost certainly not show a vibrant urban streetscape, but that's where the recommendation goes.
In the brochure they also discuss "Elements of Strong Street Design," at least implicitly pointing to the disjunction.
|The elements of strong street design|
|The hybrid recommendation lacks|
elements of strong street design
At 12th Street it doesn't connect to visions for making State Street two-way in downtown, and the autoism at 17th to 25th means any bike lane between 13th and 17th will be orphaned, of limited usefulness, and crucially will retain gaps in connectivity. The stub of a bike lane doesn't create connections. Only a complete corridor can do that.
All in all this looks like another missed opportunity.
The full plan will take a little longer to review, and there may be more to say then - more nuance, especially. It would be interesting to learn more about why the full road diet alternative continues to be slighted in the face of strong support. (The land use side might offer more optimism.)
|From July: Consensus on zoning, but not on the street|