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Sunday, November 20, 2016

Shouldn't Major Corridors Have Better Walkability In Nashville?

Hillsboro Pike - a MAJOR corridor in Nashville.  You tell me, where can one walk here???  

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We need creative and low cost options in Nashville to quickly alter our low quality infrastructure.  Our roadways were mostly completed in the cheapest fashion possible - lacking sidewalks, curbs, gutters, and proper pedestrian level lighting.  There is infrastructure such as telephone poles, guide wires, rock walls, landscaping etc placed directly in the path a pedestrian would use.  I argue that now is the time for a sidewalk infrastructure plan with consistency in design and a completion date.  






Many roads in Nashville look just like this...


LINK:  https://www.wired.com/2016/10/how-to-design-better-cities/


Things are bad for pedestrians, Nashville -> let's get creative!



16 WAYS TO DESIGN A BETTER INTERSECTION—AND BETTER CITIES

INTERSECTION
IF YOU THINK the only purpose of intersections is to move cars past each other, you solve problems like a plumber: with bigger pipes. But wide, barren streets full of traffic don’t make a livable city. One solution would be nothing. No lights, no curbs, no sidewalks—just colored pavers. It works. Accidents decline, traffic slows, and property values rise. “You’ll never do as good a job as two ­people using body language and eye contact,” says Sam Goater, a senior associate at the Project for Public Spaces. But don’t rip out the infrastructure just yet. Urban designers have a good set of tricks to turn a city intersection into something more like a plaza and less like a freeway interchange. Cars pass, people walk, bikers bike, and everyone’s lives flow more smoothly.



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