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Have you noticed something different about Quadrille Boulevard this morning?

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Crosswalks on Quadrille

Crosswalks on Quadrille

Last night, construction crews barricaded the west side of Quadrille to paint new crosswalk striping and faux-brick treatment on several crosswalks. The Quadrille Boulevard enhancement project follows from a written strategy in the downtown master plan (DMP) to create more linear parks in the downtown.

From the DMP:

PRINCIPLE 5:

Create a comprehensive strategy for parks and open space to make linear connections to neighborhoods.

While the Downtown has a linear system of beautiful parks along the Intercoastal Waterway, there are very few additional open spaces in other parts of the District. There is also a significant lack of green streetscapes because most streets are too narrow to accommodate sufficient landscaping. This overall absence of green impacts the Downtown’s quality of life and has somewhat hindered its ability to attract new population and appeal to the current residents. Green and green spaces are critical components of successful urban places because they enhance a pedestrian’s outdoor experience and promote pedestrian mobility with additional shade, protection from the elements,

John Nolen, the original town planner for West Palm Beach, recognized this important role of open space when he designed a central spine of vegetation along Clematis Street, anchored on either end by major green spaces.

Although his vision was only partially realized, the overall intent can still be achieved through a variety of larger green strategies:

1. Create a linear green park parallel to the FEC rail line.

2. Identify locations for pocket parks especially in the residential districts.

3.  Activate existing open spaces.

4.  Develop new street sections based on a hierarchy of primary, secondary, and tertiary streets.

5. Utilize City owned lands to create better gateways into the Downtown especially on the Tent and Triangle sites.

6. Develop open space requirements for each new development.

4 thoughts on “Have you noticed something different about Quadrille Boulevard this morning?

  1. Q: Do FL MV regulations (or any local statutes) require drivers to stop and yield to pedestrians in crosswalks?

    If “yes,” what can be done to increase the probability that it will actually happen?

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    • Great question. According to the FL Statutes, it appears the answer is yes. As for enforcement, I’d like to say the City was responding to our issues on pedestrian safety, but we haven’t gotten much traction yet. We’re working on it.

      To help, please spread the word about the blog (also LIKE on Facebook), and make sure you get the SeeClickFix app on your smartphone. We’re going to identify these issues as a community and see that they get more attention. Thanks for your interest Mark.

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  2. Little known fact: In Florida, motorist are also required to yield to pedestrians in UNMARKED crosswalks – aka, everywhere that two streets intersect, whether or not there are markings.

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    • Good to know. I’ve begun to think of crosswalks more as a symptom of our problem of car-centric design. Where there are massive crosswalks with high-visibility designs, a dangerous stroad is probably not far behind.
      They should not be used as replacement for getting the street geometries right. Throwing down a crosswalk and claiming all is well doesn’t solve the underlying problem.

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