A Freeway Runs Through It
June 22, 2011 9:50 AM Subscribe
I'm looking for examples of cool, walkable mixed-use urban areas that existed before or grew up around freeway interchanges, and that still work despite being so close to major highways.
posted by M.C. Lo-Carb! to Grab Bag (24 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
I am working on a project (for my job) that involves planning for a future urban area on currently undeveloped land in the suburbs. The goal is to create a "sense of place" here that transcends typical suburban car-based office/retail/commercial/strip development. However, one of the challenges will be the intersection at this location of two future highways, likely with an interstate-style interchange.
I'd like to find examples of vital, interesting neighborhoods that exist in spite of nearby grade-separated interchanges that preclude easy pedestrian, bicycle and traffic circulation. I'd like to learn how these neighborhoods remained connected and pedestrian-scale, rather than developing in the typical big-box retail and office complex style so common to urban highway intersections.
Do such neighborhoods/developments exist? Is there one in your city that I could study? Thanks!