Uptown leaders should copy Buffalo and develop a street-calming plan

Cincinnati’s uptown neighborhoods are experiencing a bit of a boom. Hundreds of residential units are being developed, new transportation infrastructure and capacity is coming online, and smaller, historic buildings are controversially making way for new, taller ones. While significant changes are underway, one thing that remains the same, and seems poised to only get worse as new roadway projects are built, is the fact that most major thoroughfares uptown are inhospitable to people who wish to walk or bike to get around. In Buffalo they have developed a plan to address just that in the city’s historic downtown. A similar plan should be considered for Cincinnati’s second largest employment center. More from Buffalo News:

The new Downtown Infrastructure Master Plan lays out a series of enhancements to key streets, districts and public squares to bolster the appearance and feel of the city center for residents, employees and visitors, while making the downtown more vibrant. At the same time, it seeks to make the area more cohesive and pedestrian-friendly, by improving access and connections. And it calls for traffic calming, more accessible green space and public space, and a “softening” of barriers like highway overpasses.

The goal is to provide a framework for future public-sector investments and projects, using shared objectives in making decisions about where to target new initiatives. But it’s also flexible enough, officials said, so that it can be adapted to tie in new projects to downtown and neighborhoods.

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  • thebillshark

    This is where the new MLK I-71 exit under construction represents a huge opportunity in my opinion. I think it will relieve a lot of vehicle traffic off of Taft and McMillan. Presently walking along Taft Rd. in Corryville is downright uncomfortable due to the high rate of speed of the passing cars. With the new exit, you have the opportunity to redesign Taft and McMillan to be pedestrian oriented with a neighborhood feel. In this way you can reconnect the neighborhoods of CUF, Corryville, Mt. Auburn, and Walnut Hills, and spread out the benefits of UC’s economic engine more effectively among those neighborhoods.

    BTW here is my revamped concept for “Cinculators”, a frequent transit network that would encourage pedestrianism along Taft and McMillan: http://bit.ly/1L8RCnp

    • A comprehensive study looking at Uptown’s transportation network from a pedestrian and bicyclist perspective is really needed. Previous studies have focused almost entirely on the movement and accommodation of cars, which is probably why Uptown leaders have focused on those elements so much over recent years…it’s what they have data on.

      I think transit service has been fairly well studied thanks to the Uptown Transit District and forthcoming streetcar extension. But still…it is a bit piece-mealed.