Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space

"A community’s physical form, rather than its land uses, is its most intrinsic and enduring characteristic." [Katz, EPA] This blog focuses on place and placemaking and all that makes it work--historic preservation, urban design, transportation, asset-based community development, arts & cultural development, commercial district revitalization, tourism & destination development, and quality of life advocacy--along with doses of civic engagement and good governance watchdogging.

Friday, August 09, 2019

Perhaps a new role for urban trees


This photo, from a Reddit thread, was sent to an e-list I'm on.

I criticize "roundabouts" as a suburban treatment more focused on facilitating motor vehicle movement rather than balancing the competing needs of pedestrians and bicyclists with vehicle.

But roundabouts can be seen as a souped up version of a "diverter" that is designed to impede traffic flow in some manner.

I remember various intersection in Seattle specifically -- that are a kind of hindrance technique in the middle of an intersection, designed to slow traffic down and to force deviation from driving in a straight line.

Except for the "safety" reason, why not utilize trees as well?

It's been a few years since I've been to Seattle, and according to this Streetsblog post, "Seattle’s Playful Traffic Circles Tame Neighborhood Streets," trees are part of the program now.

Probably inspired by the City Repair program in Portland, sometimes city transportation departments allow special painting treatments in intersections.

This one in Somerville, Massachusetts, by Liz LaManche of Earthsign  Studio, uses the garden path as a motif.

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