This short video by City Beautiful makes the case for multi-way boulevards. The way to generally think about a multi-way boulevard is that it is a really big street that has been subdivided into areas that move cars relatively quickly and into areas that are a bit more conducive to calmer traffic and doing things like cycling and walking. More specifically, they are streets that have local access lanes on either side.
And in this video, it is proposed as a possible fix for two kinds of situations: (1) as a solution for what to do when you take down an elevated highway and (2) as a solution for retrofitting suburban arterial roads. I thought this would be a good video to share given that I can think of an elevated highway that should come down and because I have written before about how challenging it can be to change streets after they’ve been built. They tend to be pretty sticky.
But beyond this, it’s also a good primer on how suburban transportation approaches are highly effective at making cities that you can’t walk around in.
Brandon, As you may know, I am opposed to taking down the Gardiner for many reasons, most notably because I believe that we can be much more creative than that. Feel free to check out my ideaCity presentation from 2009 about another way of thinking about this asset (and this was way before NYC’s High Line…:-)): https://www.ideacity.ca/video/les-klein/
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Les, I do know. Thanks for sharing the video. I’ll use it as a counter point.