I’ve written about Paul Ryckbost before – the engineer turned planner who left City Hall earlier this year after a very well respected run overseeing urban design committees and other planning matters. Paul, now free of the rules governing what planners can and can’t say, is weighing into the discussion of the boulevard and is offering his own suggested solution that involves creating boulevard entrances into downtown, but stops short of building a full boulevard alignment:
As many know, one key characteristic of the traditional street pattern in a downtown is a terminus; creating the special view that helps slow traffic and gives people a focal point. The east terminus in my proposal (which I’ve noted could be at two locations) would provide immediate access to downtown for westbound traffic. I personally prefer the “Alternate Termination” point, as I’ve labeled it, because it would focus people on the park and convention center area. Additionally, we would no longer need to be worried about the large street breaking the pedestrian connection between Myriad, the convention center, and the Core to Shore park area.
To read Paul’s full analysis, visit his blog “Urban Lake Effect.”