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    Great streets - where?

    Looking for great street examples. The main drag in my town is not so great. Department manager would like to see examples of great streets to pull out ideas for revitalizing our main street. Pedestrian/commercial friendly, aesthetically pleasing, buildings with minimal setbacks, etc. This would be on a 110-125 wide State road within the city and up to 2100 vehicles per hour in the peak PM. Attached is the street running top to bottom.


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    At that width, it will be a difficult challenge. One that pops into my mind is The Embarcadero in San Francisco.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Embarc...San_Francisco)
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    APA has their Great Places in America program - Streets: https://www.planning.org/greatplaces/streets/2015/

    Characteristics and Guidelines of Great Streets: https://www.planning.org/greatplaces...cteristics.htm

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    For something similar in size, Duke Street in old town Alexandria comes to mind. I don't know what their traffic volumes are, but it is a beautiful street.
    I'd start with a comprehensive study to determine whether a road diet is a possibility. Consider bike lanes, center turn lanes or planted medians. With that width and those volumes, a pedestrian will have a difficult time enjoying themselves with cars whizzing past. You'll have to consider if your community is willing to give up some speed.

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    LA has a Great Streets program they have been working on for a bit now. To my knowledge they pick certain streets throughout the city and do what you're hoping to do.

    http://lagreatstreets.org/

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    This is a great case study collection of complete streets implementation all over the country. Shows before/after cross sections, crash rates and mode splits:

    http://rethinkingstreets.com/

    You can download the full PDF here:

    https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1SE-...VnDoM/viewform

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    Quote Originally posted by gopackgo555 View post
    ...To my knowledge they pick certain streets throughout the city...
    To clarify, do they pick certain streets throughout:
    1. ONLY The CITY of Los Angeles, or
    2. ALL of Los Angeles COUNTY, or
    3. Some "hybrid other"?

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    Barcelona, Spain:

    https://www.google.com/maps/place/Ve...!6m1!1e1?hl=en



    I think this is Verdaguer street.

    It is Google Street View and you can rotate the image 360 degrees.

    Note that the stores on the corners are all cut off so that their entrances can face the intersection.
    Also, there is a store height limit of seven stories in this older district I think.
    And, note the lanes for autos, bikes, bike parking, trees, and promenade down the center. There is sidewalk cafe' seating in some of the promenades.
    And shade trees with small leaves that will not clog drains.
    Beautiful calming atmosphere.

    Use the wheel on your mouse to back out and you will see a partial aerial view.

    Here is a map of the older section of Barcelona along Diagonal Avenue and nearby areas in which you can see the stores at the corners of intersections are set back.

    http://www.barcelona.com/barcelona_c...t/clubs_discos

    Google Maps restricts the use of their maps and I am not able to reproduce the image here, but you can go to the link and see for yourself.

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