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  1. Is that still happening? It was a big deal 8-12 years ago but I haven't run into it recently.
  2. Exposition Road in London is a good analysis of a modern shared space design. Part of the street carries through traffic and the other doesn't, but they have the same design. Unfortunately what they found, and other analyses have confirmed this, is if there are more than 100 motor vehicles per hour traveling down the street, then it will not function as a shared space, the vehicles will push all other uses to the side, effectively recreating the current setup. That doesn't mean it's not safer or less cluttered (potentially), but it won't be shared space so much as functioning more like a parking lot. Look at Short Vine for a local example. Also, pedestrianized areas need a robust walking and public transit rich environment to have enough foot traffic to activate the street, especially during off hours. Relying solely on people going to/along that street is not enough, there needs to be people going through it as well. It's also much harder to keep the space activated when you have 60-70 feet from building face to building face instead of 20 feet or less like you find in Medieval European or Asian town centers.
  3. I-71 is already mostly below grade between McGregor and the Lateral, so you wouldn't really need to sink it to still have a lot of room to build over. It would only peek above ground at Victory Parkway and around Dana and Smith-Edwards. Between McGregor and the Lytle Tunnel however, that would be a massive undertaking.
  4. Elsinore could easily lose a lane each way and it would affect nothing, same with removing the two right turn slip lanes from Gilbert and onto I-71 north. Reading is another story. The side that actually has buildings fronting it has a total crap sidewalk with encroaching utility poles, overhead sign gantry foundations, and fire hydrants. The east side on the other hand has a wide planting strip and tree line. I can totally see the administration pulling an Eggleston and paving over that whole east side to make a crap shared use path and then getting all indignant when anyone points out that it doesn't fix the problem.
  5. I've heard a fair bit of chatter from people who are interested in stopping by to pick up things on their way home. Not sure about doing their whole week's worth of shopping, and taking a car over there kind of defeats the benefits, but I can see someone walking a couple blocks or possibly driving over to pick up a ClickList order. I'm glad to see it right in the middle of the streetcar route, making it convenient to a lot of people who live downtown and in OTR without requiring a car trip.
  6. It's an awfully large and elaborate structure that really only eliminates one intersection, and then only for Gilbert itself. If it was demolished, Gilbert would intersect Eggleston at Reedy where there's already a light, so it wouldn't really affect Eggleston much. What's left of Reedy and Culvert would need to be reconfigured or just dead-ended, but that looks pretty trivial. Of course get the traffic engineers involved and it would require triple left turn lanes and double right turns and crazy signal phasing and slip turns and who knows what else. I will say this for the current overpass, it allows the bus lines that use Gilbert, which is a lot of them, to fly in and out of downtown. They can go nearly a mile without stopping, giving them a leg up on travel times. Of course this just illustrates how there's "no there there" along that stretch of road.
  7. I actually think what hurt it the worst was the I-471 connection since it runs right next to Eggleston. That's a very wide boulevard which used to be flanked by sizable multi-story warehouses, resulting in a street wall not unlike Central Parkway. With the highway on one side it's not possible to create that boulevard feel again. If we could, then Eggleston itself would be the spine/anchor encouraging redevelopment of the blocks in between.
  8. I agree with what you're saying, but at the same time you have to look at it from the point of view of someone making rational decisions based on the situation at hand. If the choice is between a 20 minute drive with an employer-provided parking space or a 40 minute bus ride (with another 10-20 minutes walking on either end) and no flexibility then it's pretty difficult to take the high road. Moving closer in is tough with housing prices being so inflated right now.
  9. Wish I knew, there's been occasional work over the past couple years, but that might just have been stabilization. Those look like mid 19th century industrial buildings (the closer one looks like it got some newer brick veneer at some point to dress it up, but I'm not positive about that). Sycamore and Broadway were a very industrial part of downtown historically, kind of like River North in Chicago, but it's easy to miss.
  10. The cabinetry and woodwork looks pretty bad. End panels are not well integrated, and I see unpainted edges of baseboards and toe kicks. At best they'll get slapped with paint, but unlikely to be sanded flush or properly sealed. Hopefully that'll be caught in the punch-list, and since I still see some painter's tape around that's certainly not done yet. The cabinets themselves are bog standard commercial full-overlay cheapness though, which is disappointing.
  11. Apparently the 12th & Sycamore lot is only doing full-day rates now, so that would explain why it doesn't get used by the courthouse people. That "narrow window in the morning" just happens to be when most people arrive though, that's why it's called rush hour after all. Thousands of open spots at all times is a gross exaggeration.
  12. Do you mean 12th? That's a very recent change. I think they kicked out all the monthly people but I'm not sure exactly what's going on there. I see A&D every morning (used to park there myself), and it's closed to daily parkers every weekday morning. Nobody's saying there isn't parking, but it gets swamped in that critical 8:00-10:00am timeframe before the cops and potential jurors get let out. It doesn't matter if the lots are half empty at 4:00pm to someone arriving at 9:15am. If you want to utilize alternative transportation means, but still need to drive from time to time (say for client or consultant meetings, site visits, bad weather, etc.) then you still may need to get a monthly pass somewhere to make sure you're not lugging stuff for four blocks on the client's dime or circling the streets in the snow. Even getting a monthly pass isn't easy. I hung on to my A&D pass and am "renting" it out to someone else until they can get their own spot with them, and it's been six months so far.
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