The City is currently studying enhancements to North Broadway from 25th to 42nd St.. One idea that that has been proposed by the City is to convert the center of the road to a promenade / ramblas configuration with a multi-modal pathway and parking in the center. This post will provide precedents for this concept. In a follow up post we will explore some of the advantages of this configuration.
When we think of complete streets we usually think that parking and bike facilities are located on the outside of the street and cars have use of the middle of the street. As shown in the below examples the middle of street can be used for things other than cars. Bikes, parking, cycle tracks, public plazas or any combination can be accommodated in the middle of the street.
Tree lined multimodal path in the median of downtown Winter Garden, Fl:
Queens Plaza North, New York, New York
Streetfilms Queens Plaza
Sands St. in Brooklyn New York
Streetfilms Sands St.
Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, DC
Streetfilms Pennsyvania Ave. story with Gabe Klein
Strandvägen Stockholm, Sweden
Erik Dahlbergsgatan Stockholm, Sweden
Bike and pedestrian
Place d’Anvers, Paris
Boulevard de Rochechouart, Paris
Allen Street New York, New York (recent project, street view has great before and after views)
Passeig del Born, Barcelona, Spain
Rambla de Catalunya Barcelona, Catalonia
Paseo del Prado, Havana, Cuba
Middle of the street used for parking
Clematis St. West Palm Beach
Lancaster Blvd, Lancaster CA