In one key way, they are exactly backwards!
The Riverfront Park concepts show enhanced crosswalk treatments, while the Streetscape plans are essentially silent on downtown crosswalks.
In central ways, the Riverfront Park project team appears to understand that external connections, principally connections across streets or across units of analysis, are as important an internal connections, the sidewalks and paths within the block or unit of analysis.
This seems backwards because, you know, the park plan's about a park, and the streetscape plan is about streets.
So we're back to one of the primary criticisms of the Streetscape Plan: By omitting analysis of the streets themselves, it's hamstrung and hobbled from the start.
Conversely, the Riverfront Park Plan appears to get that both structural and decorative elements are important.
Silence on Downtown Crosswalks
You might think a slide titled "Knit Downtown Together" would have more on the knots and loops and ligaments between blocks and other connections. Like crosswalks!
But it does not.
Instead if focuses on trees, clear zones for walking, and consistent styling with street furniture or other decorative elements.
|Missing an important element of "knitting"|
|Decoration: Wayfinding and art|
|Trees, bright colors, lush plantings - |
and new paint on the crosswalk
|Public art and lighting|
By contrast, the Riverfront Park Plan concepts envision a much deeper and richer reconfiguration of the very same crosswalk and, crucially, the street leading up to it!
|Part of Concept A - between State and Court Streets|
|Crosswalk detail at Court Street - Concept A|
Even though this is a little out-of-scope for the Riverfront Park plan, it's deeper thinking about "knitting downtown together" than what we see in the Streetscape concepts.
|Concept B detail at Court Street|
|Concept C detail at Court Street|
Be sure to take the Riverfront Survey and let them know what you think.
|Streetscape Plan: Social Spaces includes parklets|
and a kind of mini-bike corrals at alley entries
Anyway, be sure to take the Streetscape Survey also.
(The City website is down for maintenance this morning, and I may silently backfill with some additional City links later this weekend when it is back up. The survey links are third-party.)