7 | South Boulevard Crossing by keihly moore

Put a painted crosswalk, street trees, and spot medians on it! 

by Keihly Moore

Before: South Boulevard crossing at Rensselaer Ave. 

Note that the above picture does show an improvement. This "pedestrian island" was installed just a few months ago. Many have noted that the busy South Boulevard acts as a divide for pedestrians between Dilworth and South End. The wide street with fast moving traffic does little to invite a crossing on foot, despite the tasty places like Crispy Crepe and Nova's Bakery, found on opposite sides near this intersection. 

After: Add painted crosswalks, street trees, and spot medians to slow traffic and help pedestrians feel safer. 

These improvements, seen above, really would be a first step in a series of improvements to dissolve the walking-driving conflict on this corridor. More on-street parking and bike lanes can also be used to make it a more welcoming street to cross. 

6 | Reid Park : Vacant Lot to a Neighborhood Park by keihly moore

Put a neighborhood pavilion and a splash pad on it!

by Dylan McKnight

Before: Vacant neighborhood lot in Reid Park

Before: Vacant neighborhood lot in Reid Park

After: Put a neighborhood pavilion and a splash pad on it! This concept to put the park back in the Reid Park neighborhood is a part of Dylan McKnight's Master thesis work. Working with the community, they came up with a vision and presented it to the the City of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County Parks and Recreation department. The funds have been committed to this project and the park will be constructed in the near future, all though a community-led process! See this video for a look at how the community design process unfolded. Here is a link to the beautiful boards Dylan designed to communicate his ideas. 

After: Put a neighborhood pavilion and a splash pad on it!

This concept to put the park back in the Reid Park neighborhood is a part of Dylan McKnight's Master thesis work. Working with the community, they came up with a vision and presented it to the the City of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County Parks and Recreation department. The funds have been committed to this project and the park will be constructed in the near future, all though a community-led process!

See this video for a look at how the community design process unfolded.
Here is a link to the beautiful boards Dylan designed to communicate his ideas. 

3 | Central Avenue in Plaza Midwood by keihly moore

Put parallel parking, trees, outdoor dining and benches on it! 

by Aleksandra Borisenko

Before: Central Avenue in Plaza Midwood is home to some unique Charlotte shops. The street and sidewalk, however, lack character and spaces to linger and enjoy the street life of the neighborhood.

Before: Central Avenue in Plaza Midwood is home to some unique Charlotte shops. The street and sidewalk, however, lack character and spaces to linger and enjoy the street life of the neighborhood.

After: Addition of street trees, off-peak-hour on-street parking, outdoor dining and benches transforms Central Avenue into inviting and safe place for residents and visitors.

After: Addition of street trees, off-peak-hour on-street parking, outdoor dining and benches transforms Central Avenue into inviting and safe place for residents and visitors.

2 | 7th Street Bridge by keihly moore

Put a bike lane, and a wider sidewalk on it!

by Keihly Moore

Before: 7th Street bridge. 5 lanes - turning to where? You might ask. Wide lanes.

Before: 7th Street bridge. 5 lanes - turning to where? You might ask. Wide lanes.

Talking to a few of my would-be bicycle commuter friends, they find this bridge to be one of the scariest parts of 7th Street because it is so wide open and cars go really fast. Wide lanes and an extra turn lane leave plenty of room to give an extra few feet to those on foot or two wheels. This is one of the few entrances into Uptown, can we try to make it a little more all-people friendly? 

After: 7th Street bridge sidewalk widened and bike lane added = more safety and enjoyment for those not in a vehicle.

After: 7th Street bridge sidewalk widened and bike lane added = more safety and enjoyment for those not in a vehicle.

1 | Romare Bearden Park by keihly moore

Put a crosswalk on it!

by Keihly Moore

Before: No formal crossing from Romare Bearden Park to Latta Arcade.

Before: No formal crossing from Romare Bearden Park to Latta Arcade.

Romare Bearden Park just opened in late August 2013. It's a much needed public open space for Uptown. There are, however, a few more opportunities that could dramatically improve the park's access. Traffic on Church Street is one way, and it moves fast. Vehicles need to start learning to slow down on this block where restaurants, bars, and other shops pull visitors from the park, and vice versa. There should be a mid-block crossing to formalize, and make safer, this relationship. 

 

After: with raised crosswalk to enhance the connection between Latta Arcade and the park.

After: with raised crosswalk to enhance the connection between Latta Arcade and the park.