New Broadway

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A sense of inevitability smothers Broadway in Uptown, driven by a belief that any development here is good development. But the strip malls that dominate Uptown’s Broadway corridor serve neither pedestrians nor drivers well. Multiple curb cuts interrupt sidewalks, bike lanes and bus stops, snarling both pedestrian and vehicular traffic. Cramped, hard-to-navigate parking lots consume limited retail frontage.

Further south, there are many inviting, pedestrian-friendly areas of Broadway. Why not in Uptown?

While maintaining short-term street parking, Broadway is narrowed by removing mid-block turn lanes and reserving those for cross streets, plazas, pocket parks, connective paths. Other public amenities replace parking lots not associated with stores, re-connecting adjacent neighborhoods to the strip. This is a framework for both growth and regeneration. By creating continuous commercial spaces built to the lot lines and relocating parking to the rear, along alleys, and under the El, Broadway can achieve higher density and greater walkability.

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Reclaiming Public Space

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